Love to Hover

“Mothering and fathering are different all over the world. Our cultural myth is that nurturance matters deeply. And it has led to ‘helicopter parenting,’ the smothering surveillance of a child’s every experience and problem, often extending as far as college. It has also led to pervasive anxiety (among parents and children alike) and the deep disappointment that some parents suffer when their kids become less malleable during their teenage years.” 

See article at: WSJ 6-7Nov10: “Mother Madness” by Erica Jong