Wow, I can’t believe that attempting to remove every obstacle, trial, or hardship from your child’s life would actually be harmful to them! What happens in the real world when Mommy and Daddy aren’t doing that anymore? Check it out…
Most of us are familiar with the concept of the ‘helicopter parent’ who hovers anxiously over their child’s every move.
But now a new parenting type has been identified – and experts say ‘snowplough parents’, who clear every obstacle from their child’s path while piling on the pressure to achieve, can be every bit as damaging.
According to David McCullough, a teacher for 30 years and the author of a book on the subject, aggressive parenting is producing children who are ‘anxious, dependent, narcissistic and careerist’.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, he also warned that children are becoming ‘terrified of failure’ and being turned into ‘achievement machines’ by their parents.
‘From birth, they are strapped into the car seat and protected, driven and aimed in one direction,’ he added.
‘They [children] are compliant; they have given up self-determination and a willingness to explore their own interests.’
And the results of competitive parenting, from failure to settle into careers to dependence and even breakdown, can be devastating.
Read more: Daily Mail