Helicopter parenting doing kids’ heads in

The research is unequivocal. Helicopter parenting is damaging our kids. Yet this phenomenon is on the rise with no signs of abating.

Overprotective parents, also known as helicopter parents, are not just stunting their kids’ development, they are now screwing up their teens as well, research shows.

More than just a hovering annoyance for uni students, overbearing parenting is a violation of their basic psychological needs, experts say, with students who have over-controlling mothers showing significantly higher levels of depression and less satisfaction with life.