Are You A Helicopter Or Lawnmower Parent?
We all love our kids and want to take care of them, but some parents go to the extreme, take Helicopter parenting it has been huge for the past decade or so but for a lot of parents today, hovering over their kids to protect them isn't good enough.
So here's a term for an even more extreme method that's becoming a big trend today: Lawnmower parenting. Yep, Lawnmower Parenting
According to a teacher who wrote an essay about it, quote, "Lawnmower parents go to whatever lengths necessary to prevent their child from having to face adversity, struggle, or failure."
Why do they call it lawnmower parenting? Because they mow down any person or obstacle that might keep their kid from having the most charmed and convenient life possible.
The teacher's top example was a parent who left work to come to the high school to drop off bottled water for the kid. He said he asked his daughter if they have water fountains, and she said yeah, but she really wanted to drink bottled water instead.
Tom and I had the chance to speak with a teacher who called in and said yes these are real issues going on with parents and their children. She told us of one girl who would not use the restroom at school so the mother sent a woman who worked for her to go pick up and the girl so she did not have to use the restroom at school. The mom delegated it to another person who worked for her. Wow.
I understand that parents want to help out their kids but is there a limit? When does it become too much?