Title: Helicopter parents: empathetic or pathetic? When best intentions for adult children go awry at school and on the job
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The all-too-familiar scene: parents and child standing at the classroom door, blinking back tears and holding hands, the child fearful of joining classmates for the first day of school and the parents anxious about letting go.

Completely understandable--in elementary school.

Somewhat justifiable--in middle school.

Maybe reasonable freshman year but just plain silly after that--in high school.

Defensible to a degree the first semester but largely inappropriate otherwise--in college.

Totally ridiculous--when the "kid" enters the workforce.

Is it possible to be a seemingly fully functioning, educated adult of 18 or 21 or more years and still be under the daily supervision of parents?

Unfortunately, yes.

Commonly known as helicopter parents, some moms and dads try to oversee their children's higher education, forage for professional internships for the "kiddies," and make the rounds at college job fairs on behalf of them. And because of this dysfunctional interdependence, another aptly unsettling term has come about, this one a developmental oxymoron: the adult child.

As a result, higher educational institutions and the workplace must respond to this strange phenomenon: parents managing the day-to-day activities of their adult children, their "extended" adolescents, some aged 30 years or more.

The school dynamic

The problem is so severe that the Arlington, Va.-headquartered College Parents of...

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Source Citation (MLA 8 th Edition)
Manos, Mary Ann. "Helicopter parents: empathetic or pathetic? When best intentions for adult children go awry at school and on the job." Phi Kappa Phi Forum, vol. 89, no. 3, 2009, p. 21. Academic OneFile, Accessed 18 July 2019.

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