The New York Times recently ran an article about horrible helicopter parents who hover all the way through college and then into the workforce–citing an example of a father who applied on behalf of his son and even showed up with the interview, and moms who joined in for a Skype Interviews.
Here’s the thing: most parents are not this awful. They truly are not. But, enough are. And why are they? Because they’ve been helicoptering for years and years and have had great success with it. In fact, the schools reward students whose parents hover and punish those who don’t.
This is not a new phenomenon. When my brilliant and talented younger sister didn’t get a starring role in her high school play, she accepted it. That is until the drama teacher pulled her aside and asked her to act as a coach to the girl who did get the lead. When she asked why she didn’t get the part if she was a better actor and singer than the girl who did, the teacher responded honestly, “Her mother will make my life a living hell if she doesn’t have a starring role. Your mom is nice.”
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