Text messaging keeps families in touch

More than once, my husband has called me from his cellphone -- while we're both inside the house. It exasperates me to no end, but he just shrugs and says it's easier than yelling for me from another room. According to the Pew Internet & American...

Summer camp -- parents get "kid-sick"

A friend recently sent her 11-year-old off to camp. "I'm really going to miss him," she sniffed. I tried to be empathetic, but I was too busy daydreaming about what I'd do with seven whole days to myself. I knew that if it was me putting my kids on t...

Parents micromanaging kids social lives

An interesting twist has started developing in the flight patterns of helicopter parents. While the original focus was making sure the child was protected from the repercussions of making their own decisions, some parents are now fixating on their ...

What kind of helicopter parent are you?

Are you a helicopter parent? A recent study found that as many as 60% of parents with college-aged children qualify -- so, odds are, the answer is yes. The Wall Street Journal recently separated these highly (and possibly overly) involved parents in...

Are we raising an entitled generation?

I don't believe I am the only parent who looks around at kids and wonders if they are getting more spoiled and more entitled with each generation. Sometimes I think of the things that come out of my kids' mouths and I try to remember if I ever said a...

Helicopter parents hover over kids' job search

Many years ago, Christy landed her first after school job. She was about sixteen years old and was hired by a local fast-food restaurant. She got this job on her own, but when it came time to leave, she didn't know how to handle it. The boss treated ...

Helicopter parents invade job fairs

By now everyone's heard of "helicopter parents": the overbearing, obnoxious twits who hover around their kids' schools making sure they get the right teachers, the right grades, the right position on the soccer team, from kindergarten through high sc...


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