Overbearing Parents Take Toll
Everyone fears being the over protective parent. Do you worry too much? Do you worry too little? It is often hard to come to a compromise, or to come to a healthy medium between the two excessive worrying levels. Now, new studies show that over protective parents have negative effects on their children that stay with them over years. These parents are being called “helicopter parents.” Those who have parents that fall into this category were seen to be neurotic, dependent, and less open—three characteristics that people do not tend to enjoy, or look for, in others.
300 college students were surveyed to determine if that had been the results of “helicopter parents.” It was seen that 10% of students had helicopter parents, with this being more female students than male. Many of these parents tried to call their child’s school, to help or interfere with any processes, such as the admission process. In addition, many of these parents rented a hotel room and stayed in the same town the day their child moved into college.
Other results from having “helicopter parents” include being anxious, self-conscious, more vulnerable, and less accepting and open to new actions and ideas.