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How 'helicopter parenting' impacts college students entering the workforce

89.3 KPCC

by Audrey Ngo

April 11, 2016

There are as many parenting styles as there are parents, but a type known as “helicopter parenting” is on the rise, especially for college-aged students. In this radio show, WCW writer-in-residence Laura Pappano discusses helicopter parents, those well-meaning but overprotective parents who interfere in their children’s lives and limit their children’s ability to take risks, learn from failures, practice independence, and gain confidence. This sort of upbringing can unintentionally limit students' ability to succeed after college. but some parents with money to spend are willing to shell out thousands of dollars for career coaching to ensure their children’s success in the job market after graduating. 

Listen to the full interview.