By Tony Tramelli, MA, LPC
Helicopter parenting is a parenting style that describes the way many of our young 20-28 year olds (Generation Y) have been raised, and how many children in our society continue to be parented. Helicopter parenting brings up images of smothering, doting, hovering, decision making, and problem solving. Such parents never allow their children to experience failure or hardship, always saving them, never letting them fall. But learning how to fail is oftentimes the best way to learn how to succeed. When children feel the natural consequences of their behavior, they develop the resiliency necessary to succeed in this life. Part of this success includes launching into young adulthood, a process made infinitely more difficult by having experienced helicopter parenting.
- 45% percent of college graduates are living with their parents.
- Only 25% of parents expect their child to have a full-time job after graduation.
- 65% of parents expect to support their kids for up to five years after they graduate.
- 68% of college students expect financial support from parents after leaving school.
- Only 2 out of 5 people in their 20’s describe themselves as financially independent.