I'm not necessarily a fan of sweeping generalizations about entire generations made by cultural anthropologists who are looking for a catch phrase to capture a zeitgeist (whoa, where did THAT come from?), but here's the rap on Millennials: People say they're overcoddled, overprotected and ill-equipped to handle the setbacks and disappointments of the real world.
If that's true, it's largely because they have been overparented. And before I go any further, let me say, "Guilty as charged." I am a parent, too, and I have from time to time been a "helicopter mom" hovering a bit too close and making sure my daughters aren't too far out of reach.
I was really struck by an article I read in The Atlantic called "How to Land Your Kid in Therapy," so much so that I cited it in my commencement address this year at the University of Virginia. The piece quoted a number of experts who offered some very frank…and frankly jaw-dropping…wake up calls about the consequences of fixingRead More »from How to Avoid Overparenting