The term “helicopter parents” has become so familiar in our culture that it is now commonplace. Visual imagery brings to mind the overly protective, hovering parent or parents who, with (they would certainly say) all the best intentions, go beyond historic norms of their parental role to make sure that their child has the optimum life experience.
This is a growing dynamic for university administrators and faculty as the hovering has, in recent years, become not only more evident, but more aggressive. I read recently of the newest version of the phenomenon: “Apache helicopter parents,” describing the growing aggressiveness of many parents to make the reality THEY want come true.
I suspect many of you would be startled by some of the Continue reading “Hovering…”