Hyper Parents & Coddled Kids
We've been using the phrases "helicopter parents" and "hyper parenting" for a while now. We know most kids are over-scheduled and over-protected. We enjoy tsk-tsking at the notion of the parent who runs interference for her child all the way through university. A Time magazine feature The Growing Backlash Against Overparenting was full of delicious anecdotes about these incredibly micro-managing parents and their terribly indulged offspring.
The CBC's upcoming documentary Hyper Parents & Coddled Kids - A look inside the frenzied world of parents who over-protect, over-indulge and over-schedule their children will mine some of the same territory when it airs Feb. 4th at 9 p.m. ET.
Here's a clip:
Even if we don't throw $7,000 birthday parties, I believe we can still see some of our own parental anxieties reflected in these over-the-top cases. The parts of us that wonder if maybe we too should be grinding our own flax seeds, getting up at 6:30 on Saturday to out-dial other parents on registration day, or squeezing in some extra French lessons between karate and piano. It's worth reflecting on how broader psycho-social factors have brought about this type of parenting and how those affect all of us. It's worth considering how this approach to our kids will affect their ability to cope without when they're full grown. And it's also damn entertaining to witness extreme parenting at its height.
I'll be writing more about this once I've watched the full-length screener, but meanwhile, mark the calendar for Feb. 4th so you can catch it yourself.
Some more interesting stuff on the way we parent:Bringing baby up 'badly' on purpose