Helicopter parenting can cause anxiety in kids
"Helicopter" parenting, whereby mothers and fathers "hover" over their child, monitoring their safety and progress, could be making them more anxious and lacking in confidence as they get older, a new study claims. The children are better if left to make their own decisions - and mistakes.
Experts studied 202 children once when they were three to four and again five years later. The children were given speech tasks and puzzles, with mothers told to help only if necessary. They were studied to see how much the children were helped or directed. Psychologists at Sydney's Macquarie University found the children with over-involved mothers were more likely to be anxious at the age of nine.
"Children who show signs of anxiety and who are inhibited - unwilling to talk or reluctant to explore new situations - were more likely to have mothers who help too much," the Daily Express quoted Study leader Professor Jennifer Hudson as saying. Hudson suggests that instead of fussing, mothers should show courage, for example when they introduce their child to a dog. The study has been published in the journal PLOS One.