Helicopter parents hover over college students


“Helicopter parents” a term Parents.com has defined as a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of their child or teen.

Parenting that has been advancing throughout the years and lingers around until adulthood. Parents who do their adult childrens laundry, cleaning their room and even to the extent where parents are paying their children to attend to college, like a job.

Delta college student Gizelle Thomas says “I think those kids are privileged. But it’s messed because my parents told me if I move out they’ll stop paying,” Some students can’t help but to accept the help without surrendering to conditions.

While the typical college student has a job to put themselves through school, some students and parents view school as a full time job.

According to “CollegeAtlas.org” 60 percent of college dropouts have no help from parents in paying tuition. Parents with excessive interest take responsibility for their children’s actions, especially their success. In some peoples mind they’re just solidifying they’re children’s future without the distractions.

Parents take on those distractions when they become a spokesperson for their child. Whether it’s emailing or attending professor’s office hours for their child, they strip their child of the simple task to take care of situations they have created.

If our parents supported us until we grew up then we simply wouldn’t.

I’ve found that students with financial support from their parents have more time on their hands, more time for partying. While kids who work as well as attend school are begging for more hours in the day. The college experience prepares students for life after high school, which is real life. Parents who shelter their kids from responsibility take away real life experiences.

Support from our parents is welcomed especially from a young adult but where is the middle ground. The parents will always give and the children will be there to receive it.

Two examples of this are 2 of my coworkers. One is an eighteen-year-old girl who gets paid to still live at home and the other is a mother who speaks of her son as if he were a toddler when in fact he is a grown man.

It’s a battle between the over barring parent and the lazy child. Work ethic is something that cannot be taught but something you learn to appreciate.

As a self-sufficient student my work ethic is what keeps me motivated to move forward. Different things motivate different people and sometimes it’s your parents’ money.