Helicopter parenting works

I read an article on the New York Times claiming helicopter parenting works. It states that when inequality hit a low in the 1970s, there wasn’t that much of a gap between what someone earned with or without a college degree. n the 1980s, however, inequality increased sharply in Western countries, especially the United States, and the gap between white- and blue-collar pay widened. So that American parents eventually increased their hands-on caregiving by about 12 hours a week, compared with the 1970s. 90s has become the years of helicopter pareting.

Psychologists, sociologists and journalists insisted that hyper-parenting creates a generation of stressed-out kids who can’t function alone. However new research shows that in our unequal era, this kind of parenting brings life-changing benefits. But only in some circumstances.

If you do it as an “authoritarian” parent — defined as someone who issues directives, expects children to obey and sometimes hits those who don’t — you won’t get the full benefits.

The most effective parents, according to the authors, are “authoritative.” They use reasoning to persuade kids to do things that are good for them. Instead of strict obedience, they emphasize adaptability, problem-solving and independence — skills that will help their offspring in future workplaces that we can’t even imagine yet.

Be a helicopter parent it’s totally okay but be a good one, like Homer Simpson:

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