Some might think of helicopter parenting as being ideal, but researchers just proved the contrary. If you are too controlling with your children, they have more chances to misbehave. This happens because they are no longer able to control their impulses and strong emotions.
How bad is helicopter parenting?
A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota have just challenged helicopter parenting by proving it’s bad for a child’s emotional well-being. This method of parenting consists of people being overly controlling with their children and the situations they have to face. It doesn’t only involve imposing limitations, but also a better control over every aspect of the child’s life.
Most parents adopt helicopter parenting because they think they keep their kids from bad situations. However, it turns out the method does more harm than good. These children are more likely to have trouble at school, as they cannot cope with difficult situations on their own. Also, they have more chances to misbehave, as they cannot control their impulses.
Helicopter parenting keeps the children from a healthy emotional development
Whenever kids go to school, they face a lot of changes and new situations. They need to obey some rules, learn, but also make friends. This means they might meet some challenges they have to deal with on their own. However, if they dealt with helicopter parenting, they might struggle with all these situations.
For the study, researchers looked at 422 children, together with their parents. The analysis began when the kids were two, when they had to perform a simple task together with their mothers. Researchers recorded all the sessions and observed where mothers took whole control of the task. Then, they performed new tests when the kids were five and, then, at the age of ten.
At the end of the study, researchers could link bad behavior with helicopter parenting. On the other hand, the children with non-controlling mothers had good social skills, they obeyed the teachers at school, and had a great emotional state. The study on this phenomenon was published in the journal Development Psychology.
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