Free range at any age, really

Frequent readers know that we are avid fans of Lenore Skenazy’s blog “Free Range Kids”.

The HuffingtonPost ran an article today by Christine Hassler giving a clear idea on how the story continues if your kids are not free range at all before they reach twenty.

Christine Hassler writes:

“Perhaps you’ve heard the term “helicopter parenting” as a way to describe the way today’s 20-somethings (Gen Y) were hovered over in childhood by their parents. As a life coach to 20-somethings and consultant to corporations with Gen Y employees, I’ve seen the effects of an even more intrusive child-rearing style that I have coined as “cockpit parenting.” Cockpit parents did more than hover. They sat right in the pilot’s seat of their child’s life, charting the course and navigating all of the twists and turns. And they often remain there well into their child’s adulthood. The result is a trend of 20-somethings who are having trouble thriving as independent adults.   …”

Please read the full article here, you’ll probably be able to think of quite a few people you’d like to forward it to!



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