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Helicopter parents and ‘hothouse children’—WVU researcher explores the high stakes of family dynamics

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  • Parents who make all decisions and do all adult tasks for their kids, are actually hurting their children and their ability to be self-sufficient.
  • This style of parenting leads to young adults who can’t self-regulate, and can’t behave properly in social situations.
  • Ultimately, parents who make too many decisions do it for their own benefit, because they want to be able to brag about what their kids do, where they go to school, etc.
  • These "helicopter parents" can cause increased anxiety, and a tendency to internalize problems in their kids.

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