The Growing Backlash Against Over-Parenting

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‘Helicopter parenting’ is actually a form of neglect because it is often be driven by a parent’s own personal anxiety or insecurity and serves the parent’s needs without regard to appropriateness and the child’s own developmental needs. Unfortunately, there are too many so-called childhood experts who fuel parent insecurity by publishing intrusive self-help and early education agendas. Over-parenting can actually become abuse in its extreme form as Munchausen’s Syndrome, where a parent seeking attention for her/himself presents a well child to doctors as ill and forces unnecessary and sometime risky diagnostic and treatment procedures.

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