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The Over-Involved Parent

Written By: Mark Gregston  |  Posted: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

            I get asked a lot, "Am I doing enough for my teen?" "Am I doing too much?" "How do I tell the difference?" When it comes to parental involvement, there are two extremes.

            On the one hand we have "helicopter parents." These parents hover over their children so much that it can keep them from growing up. This is usually done with the best of intentions and motives, but not only does it hinder the maturing process, it frustrates the children as well. Helicopter parenting sends an inescapable message, "You are incapable of making good decisions, so I'm going to do it for you."

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