Lawnmower Parents Are the New Helicopter Parents — Only They Might Be Even Worse
By now, you've certainly heard of the term "helicopter parenting" — when a parent hovers (like a helicopter) over their child and swoops in at the first sign of trouble. These seemingly supportive mums and dads are labelled as overprotective and are often blamed for raising a generation of children who lack resilience, are overindulged, and feel entitled to just about everything.
But as those children grow, a new type of parent is emerging . . . one that might even be more troubling than those who hover.
"We are creating a generation that has no idea what to do when they actually encounter a struggle."
In a teacher's viral essay, she describes "lawnmower parenting" as the latest "troubling trend" of parental meddling that is adversely affecting kids.
Like the gardening tool they are named after, lawnmower parents cut down any obstacle that could stand in their child's way. They "go to whatever lengths necessary to prevent their child from having to face adversity, struggle or failure," the anonymous teacher wrote on the site WeAreTeachers.
In the post, which has been shared more than 11,000 times since it was published this past week, the middle school teacher shares an anecdote about a parent who dropped off something for his kid during the school day. She assumed it'd be an inhaler or money for lunch, but it was actually a S'well water bottle:
"Hi, sorry," the parent said sheepishly. He was in a suit, clearly headed to work. "Remy kept texting me that she needed it. I texted back, Don't they have water fountains at your school?, but I guess she just had to have it out of the bottle." He laughed, as if to say, Teenagers, am I right?
The teacher wrote about how "raising children who have experienced minimal struggle" is not necessarily doing them any favours or even making them even remotely happier.