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Not all "helicopter" parents are the same. Yes, the term has become synonymous with parents who overmanage, spoil, or "hover" over their children to prevent them from facing any hardship or setback. But a recent Australian study suggests that there are subtypes of helicopter parents.
Does this really make a difference? Well, these parenting researchers who are worried about the effects of the influence of overparenting on schools and in the culture at large say that recognizing your…Continue
All of us have been horrified by Lance Armstrong's arrogant "apology" for his cheating to win his cycling titles. His lack of self-awareness and clear calculation during his interview with Oprah no doubt will do nothing to repair his image in sports or American popular culture. Has there ever been a hero to so many who has fallen so far and displayed such breathtaking levels of unlikeability?
I was a teacher during the time of Armstrong's most impressive accomplishments, not only the…Continue
It's a brave new world when it comes to hiring a caregiver for your child.
When I hired the first of a few part-time babysitters for my son during his first year, I asked all the questions I thought I was supposed to: about her childcare experiences, about her discipline style, about first aid training. It never occurred to me to ask about her prescription drug use, her grooming habits, or her disciplinary record in middle school and high school. I did my homework by checking…Continue
As a teacher, I thought homeschooling was for crazy, overcontrolling parents and for religious extremists. My only exposure to homeschooling had been during childhood through religious fundamentalists in the rural town where I grew up who took some of my friends out of school to concentrate more on Biblical teachings and to limit their exposure to scientific concepts, such as evolution, and to unwholesome influences (like me, I suppose, and my obsession with the movies Footloose and Dirty…Continue