How helicopter parents hover over campuses

Julie Lythcott-Haims says parents are many be inadvertently contributing to the anxieties of university students.

At college and university campuses, students embark on what is supposed to be one of the most exciting times of their lives. But recently, the talk about campus life has more to do with big mental health challenges.

Increased incidences of anxiety, depression, and suicide are among the issues at play for young people beginning their college careers.

Former Stanford University Dean of Freshmen Julie Lythcott-Haims argues that many students today are "failure deprived" when they arrive at college, and that parenting — or rather, 'over-parenting' — plays a key role. Her book is on the subject is called How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

q: Where do you draw the line between careful parenting and overparenting? Have you, or would you, raise your kids the way your parents raised you? Comment below or email us at q@cbc.ca 


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