Positive Parenting: Researchers Study Effects of Helicopter Parenting

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It’s completely natural to want the best for your child, but can that also become too much of a good thing?

New research suggests a particular parenting style may hinder skills children need.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, followed 422 kids over the span of eight years.

They observed parent-child interactions and assessed them at ages 2, 5, and 10.

They asked the kids questions about school problems, and asked teachers about student’s academic productivity.

They found kids whose parents were controlling had a difficult time managing their own emotions and behavior.

This study suggests that parents should give their young kids some independence.

It will help them develop the social and coping skills they need to deal with challenging situations.

Parents are encouraged to take the training wheels off the bike, let your kids do their own homework and don’t call the teacher if your child fails a test.

Letting your kids fail now and then will help them learn what they can do better next time.

Researchers also found that over-controlling parenting at 18 and 30 months of age predicted that those kids were less likely to have the ability to shift attention, regulate behavior, plan, and detect errors a year later.

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