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The fear that something bad will happen to their child if they're not watched 24/7 is the driving force behind "helicopter parenting". This fear is mitigated by a new kind of performance anxiety - that children of "helicopter parents" will somehow be left behind or end up as under-achievers if they're not constantly monitored or pushed to do their best. At the same time, this development sees a troubling disregard for old-fashioned boundaries and what was once considered to be appropriate behavior. Who hasn't been to a dinner party that was usurped by a treacherous, pyjama-clad four-year-old who was allowed to eat all the entrees and demanded constant attention?"
Overparenting had been around long before Douglas MacArthur's mom Pinky moved with him to West Point in 1899 and took an apartment near the campus, supposedly so she could watch him with a telescope to be sure he was studying. But in the 1990s something dramatic happened, and the needle went way past the red line. From peace and prosperity, there arose fear and anxiety; crime went down, yet parents stopped letting kids out of their sight; the percentage of kids walking or biking to school dropped from 41% in 1969 to 13% in 2001. Death by injury has dropped more than 50% since 1980, yet parents lobbied to take the jungle gyms out of playgrounds, and strollers suddenly needed the warning label "Remove Child Before Folding." Among 6-to-8-year-olds, free playtime dropped 25% from 1981 to '97, and homework more than doubled. Bookstores offered Brain Foods for Kids: Over 100 Recipes to Boost Your Child's Intelligence. The state of Georgia sent every newborn home with the CD Build Your Baby's Brain Through the Power of Music, after researchers claimed to have discovered that listening to Mozart could temporarily help raise IQ scores by as many as 9 points
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I won't say they're dysfunctional in any way.