Pricey summer camps now hire parent liasons to cope with the demands of anxious parents who can’t let go for a few weeks. From the New York Times:
The liaisons are emblematic of what sleep-away camp experts say is an increasing emphasis on catering to increasingly high-maintenance parents, including those who make unsolicited bunk placement requests, flagrantly flout a campâ€™s ban on cellphones and junk food, and consider summer an ideal time to give their offspring a secret vacation from Ritalin.
Tigerhawk sees the bright side of helicopter parenting: social mobility.
These parents are teaching their children to be easily discomfited, hypersensitive in the defense of their own prerogatives, and disrespectful of rules, all traits that are opposite to those required to be a good citizen.
There is some good news in this, at least if you believe that social mobility is a good thing (and I certainly do). Most of these children are from affluent, highly-educated families. If by dint of their upbringing they turn out, on average, to be as dependent and petulant as is the likely consequence of this much parental intervention, they will not be successful and will be displaced in the upper quintile by the children whose parents actually taught them to be adults.
Perhaps the overparented will rebel and demand to run their own lives — at least when they’re 30.