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Study: helicopter parenting may be causing more harm than good

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Helicopter parenting can produce children with anxiety and depression. Pushing children to excel in many things to the point of perfectionism will end up making them too self-critical and may develop mental health conditions.

Pitfalls of Helicopter Parenting

Helicopter parenting is an intrusive type of parental behaviors that can affect children in a mentally-negative way. According to the study published in the Journal of Personality, researchers from the National University of Singapore found that children who come from this type of parenting often end up becoming too self-critical which can be debilitating in terms of self-growth. Their parents’ high expectations can lead them to not being risktakers for the fear of committing mistakes. They also fear asking for help when they need it which could reinforce the development of mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.

Helicopter Parents Overreact at their Child’s Failures

The researchers led by Ryan Hong did a five-year study on primary school students from Singapore. Children that were placed with high expectations often had helicopter parents. Furthermore, these parents overreacted negatively when their child made mistakes.

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