The Over-Involved Parent: Consequences

This article in The Atlantic, The Ethos of the Overly Involved Parent, misses the point of the problems associated with the new form of parental behavior.  My comment:

This article seems to be describing the relatively new term, “bulldozer parents”. In the past, parents hovered. Hence the helicopter. But now they clear the way, hence the bulldozer. It is a whole new level of engagement and much, much worse. Helicopter parents prevent a child from dealing with things like loneliness, self-sufficiency, taking risks, etc. Bulldozer parents prevent children with dealing with obstacles and set-backs. Helicopter parents prevent kids from growing up; bulldozer parents actually prevent them from developing character.


Author: Scott White

I am a nationally recognized expert on college admissions, having worked in schools and colleges for 35 years. I have been regularly quoted in major publications including the NY Times, the LA Times, The Boston Globe, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly, Time Magazine and others. I am widely published on various aspects of the college admissions process and present at state and national conferences on a variety of college admissions related topics. I have worked in college admissions as well as independent day and boarding schools. The last 25 years I have worked in public schools, 14 as a school counselor and then as a Director of Guidance at elite, suburban public schools including Montclair High School, Westfield High School and Morristown High School. I am now an independent college counselor for SW College Consulting in Montclair. I can be contacted as or 973-919-6798.

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