Children need more independent play, but police bust parents for not helicoptering

Children need more independent play, but police bust parents for not helicoptering


Children are more anxious than ever, and birth rates are lower than ever. Parents say raising children is too hard, and millennials and zoomers are opting out of the whole thing.

There are a ton of reasons for this, but one big one is helicopter parenting.

Parents feel they cannot leave their child unsupervised for a moment. Sometimes this stems from a fear that something horrible is going to happen, such as an abduction. This is a matter of bad risk assessment — an abduction by a stranger is a one-in-a-million occurrence.

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Other parents feel guilty if they’re not helicoptering because our media and culture have told them that constant worrying and hovering is a sign of love.

Still more parents helicopter their children because

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