Zany: What kind of helicopter parent are you?

My daughter played soccer last year. Let me rephrase, my daughter was enrolled on a soccer team. Merrick played a total of ten minutes the entire season. She preferred being a cheerleader. This is no surprise considering she is a 4 yr old diva. At the end of the season, all the kids received a trophy. At 4, my child is already being told you don’t have to follow through to be rewarded. Trust me, she got the message.

Everyone receiving a trophy is just an example of the coddling environment younger generations experience. The kids don’t learn lessons because Mom and Dad catch them before they fall or are able to game the system to keep their children out of harm or trouble. I am constantly amazed at all the gadgets parents use to hover over their children. Frightening, really. What happens when we are gone?

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  • Nancy Vargas

    Did your parents hover over you?

  • http://12commanonymous.typepad.com/ Lauren Vargas

    To a reasonable extent.

  • http://jefflaw.typepad.com/my_weblog/ Jeff Lawrnece

    Great topic and one in which I feel needs addressing but will probably go on as is or even worsen.
    When I was small all the teams had to attend the award presentation and watch as the best teams received trophies and they got nothing. Lesson learned if you want to be rewarded be the best.
    Now being overly competitive can be viewed in a bad light, but it is better than having a generation that believes if they do just enough to get by they will should be rewarded for it.
    Look forward to posting on you students blogs (I have already hit each one, they just need to view and publish). Really hoping you do a jingle again so I can bring the rhyme master out of retirement one last time.

  • Nancy Vargas

    Define reasonable extent?

  • http://12commanonymous.typepad.com/ Lauren Vargas

    Jeff, jingles are midterm assignment–due in two weeks. Can’t wait to hear response. Students are getting a kick out of former student commenting on their blog.

  • http://www.membershipmillionaire.com/blog/ Jen, writer MembershipMillionaire.com

    It’s important to teach children not to be afraid of failing. It’s the stepping stone to success. However, parents also have to be careful not to lead them into believing that they can be rewarded even if they didn’t make efforts to succeed.