Helicopter Parenting in the Workplace
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|Wed, 07-03-2013 - 10:43am|
CNN has an article on helicopter parenting in the workplace and how it can negatively affect a person's job prospects and employment:
Aaron Cooper, a clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, says mollycoddling mothers and doting dads can become a child's crutch.
Cooper says children, for the most part, often experience too many advantages of their omnipresent parents by the time they reach their teen years, so they're not particularly inclined to tell mom and dad to back off.
"They're more inclined to welcome the help because they are also seeing it as a cheerleader on their team pushing forward toward victory and success," Cooper said.
But "it's almost like a soft disability in their lives," he added, meaning that children become super reliant on their parents and unable to stand on their own.
Cooper attributes the growing phenomenon of over-parenting to a variety of factors. The first commonality is feelings of guilt that parents may have short-changed their children.
This is particularly potent when the parents have had full-time careers and may feel that they never really spent enough time with the children as they grew up. Cooper says it's the "I'm-going-to-make-up-for-it mentality."
If you were the employer, how would you handle a situation like those presented in the article? What do you think about that correlation between WOH and being a helicopter parent?