SOCIAL SCIENCES

The Overparenting Solution: Raising Resourceful Children To Meet Today’s Challenges

Rowman & Littlefield. Sept. 2021. 232p. ISBN 9781538152096. $32. CHILD REARING
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In this examination of helicopter-parenting, readers learn that one in four parents believes they are the biggest barrier to their children’s independence, and that a study in Beijing posited that overparenting has a detrimental effect on children’s leadership skills, emotional well-being, decision making, and academic performance. Another shows a historical upward trend in the average amount of time modern parents and children spend together; psychiatrist Glass finds that much of this time is now spent on coordinating extracurricular activities or preparing college applications. Here he and Tabatsky (The Cancer Book) analyze parental types (the Protector, the Intervener, the Controller, the Negotiator, the Best-Friender) and share tactics for modeling independence, leadership skills, and decision making.
VERDICT Solid ideas for moving away from overparenting.
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