The Effect of Helicopter Parents

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Tera Winger
Mrs. Pietka
English 1304.26
26 January 2012
The Effect of Helicopter Parents
“No Escape from ‘Helicopter Parents’” by Felix Carroll discusses the problem that baby boomers are becoming over-protective of their children and are not letting them live independently. Carroll tells about helicopter parents to make the point that children of baby boomers are being suffocated by their parents. My own experience with helicopter parents yields a point that is both similar and different. What I take away from my own experience with helicopter parents is that many parents hover over their children because they feel their kids have found things of better interest. As a result, I conclude that helicopter parents are not seen for their benefits but only their downfalls. Parents have good intentions by it is not often seen that way by their own children.

Discussing helicopter parents, Carroll states “your intentions are good, but that rotor of yours is causing a din,” (Carroll 32) which shows his understanding of the positive argument that over-protection is not terrible, but, he leans more towards his opinion that parents of this type have dangerous effects on their children in the long run. Carroll also believes that children are being coddled and protected to an extent which threatens their ability later in life to form positive relationships and profound job skills. Many helicopter parents are over-protective because they possess economic anxiety, stated by Mary Elizabeth Hughes (Carroll 32). They are unable to determine a stable financial future for their children so they prevent them from failing.

While helicopter parents are negatively portrayed, it has had many positive effects on children and young adults today. For example, by having constant interaction with parents, a child had built up a relationship with an adult that will later prevent them from being intimidated by their elders. Ultimately, when a child goes to college, they...
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