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The Child Trap: Books: The New Yorker
"This used to be known as “spoiling.” Now it is called “overparenting”—or “helicopter parenting” or “hothouse parenting” or “death-grip parenting.” The term has changed because the pattern has changed. It still includes spoiling—no rules, many toys—but two other, complicating factors have been added. One is anxiety. Will the child be permanently affected by the fate of the hamster? Did he touch the corpse, and get a germ? The other new element—at odds, it seems, with such solicitude—is achievement pressure. The heck with the child’s feelings. He has a nursery-school interview tomorrow. Will he be accepted? If not, how will he ever get into a good college? Overparenting is the subject of a number of recent books, and they all deplore it in the strongest possible terms." ... "final question that one has to ask is whether overparenting trend is truly emergency...the commentators tend to forget that they are talking, for the most part, about a minority."
parenting  books  helicopterparents  society  culture  children  psychology  education  learning  trends  overparenting  hothouseparenting  death-gripparenting  sociology  helicopterparenting 
november 2008 by robertogreco

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