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1 Helicopter Parenting Riddhi Upadhyaya Mississauga Secondary School
2 Introduction Helicopter parenting is a term that was coined for a specific parenting type that became common during the upbringing of Millenials by their baby boomer parents (Druckerman, 2019). The shift from permissive parenting to helicopter parenting started in America during the 1980s as a result of inequality in pay between blue and white-collar jobs (Druckerman, 2019). During this time period, there was Japanese competition on US employment in good blue-collared jobs (Lopez, 2017). Due to the low availability of blue-collar jobs, low income, and social status differences, middle and high-class families pushed their children to study harder in order to get enough education for a white-collar job (Druckerman, 2019). After this became a trend in America, many families of higher socioeconomic status in Western countries mimicked it (Quammie, 2018). Although many parents wouldn’t want their children to suffer, helicopter parents go above and beyond to ensure that they are there to protect their children from all the problems they may face, even the ones necessary for development. The reason parents would turn to helicopter parenting can be due to deep-rooted fears about their child being hurt or unable to be successful in life (Higuera, 2019). Other causes of this type of parenting are the need to overcompensate from being neglected themselves as children, peer pressure from social media and others around them, or simply looking for a sense of fulfillment (Higuera, 2019). Although this subject has been studied by many researchers over a long period of time, there are new studies that show contradictory results of this parenting style. This research essay will be highlighting the long term effects of helicopter parenting on the child, parents, and society. Effects on Children Subjected to Helicopter Parenting
3 There are many positive and negative effects of overactive parenting on the child that is subjected to it. Children that have been guided through every aspect of their lives grow up to have poor coping and lack of conflict resolution skills due to being shielded from problems throughout their upraising (Higuera, 2019). Once they enter that emerging adulthood stage where they are expected to be more independent, encountering real-life problems with feelings of incompetence from little experience can cause anxiety and depression (Higuera, 2019). Lythcott- Haims (2015) states that students with helicopter parents showed “significantly higher levels of depression and less satisfaction in life”. Out of the 9.3 million adults with suicidal thoughts, college-age adults (18 to 25 years of age) are reported to have the highest percentage of serious suicidal thoughts (Levine, 2017). The reason for this may be that these college students have been raised by helicopter parents and are facing challenges that they are unable to cope with and adapt.

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