“We need to know that our children have the wherewithal to get up in the morning and take care of themselves." Find out what else former Stanford University Dean Julie Lythcott-Haims says about helicopter parenting and how we can help our children be self-sufficient young adults.
Did you hear about the mother who purposely left her 9 year old son alone at a department store? Nope, she didn’t leave him with a cell phone. Nope, she didn’t play private investigator to track his every move. And nope, she is not crazy. Lenore Skenazy’s son pleaded to her; leave him anywhere and let him figure out the way back home. Armed with a subway map, MetroCard, $20 note, and several quarters, this little boy was thrilled with his new found independence. Needless to say, he reached home extremely safe and sound.