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More and more young people are entering the marketplace ill-equipped to function optimally at their jobs.
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When they do, the life lesson is to accept it, learn from it, learn to live with it, move on and carry it softly.
Well-intentioned but deeply detrimental parenting is leaving our young people incapable of functioning.
Helicopter parenting is what's rewarded and (legally) expected now.
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If you're a parent who finds yourself guilty of over-protecting your kids and doing too much for them, you can start repairing the situation right now.
They must, first of all, stop over-protecting and coddling their own children.
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An excess of parental smothering prevents a young person from growing up to feel confident and empowered.
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Parents are better off acting as authority figures and not their children's friends, say psychiatrist Marcia Sirota.
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If parents and schools make it too easy for young people to shirk their work, it's unlikely that these youth will ever be willing or able to do what's necessary, in order to excel in their training or in their future jobs. If a young person has had helicopter parenting and/or has graduated from a college that coddled them, how can they overcome these disadvantages and achieve success in the workplace? It's simple, if not easy. They have to learn the attitudes and skills that will make it possible for them to succeed.
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Helicopter parents think that they're doing what's best for their kids but actually, they're hurting their kids' chances at success. In particular, they're ruining their kids' chances of landing a job and keeping it.
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Parents teach this behaviour. They teach their children that by feigning inability they can get things done for them. Sadly, after enough time the question arises as to whether these children are feigning inability or actually lack the tools to accomplish the tasks being asked of them.
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"Put away your cowbells. They don't belong in the arena."
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"Children need to be occupied, they need structure, they need predictability," the experts tell us. Heaven help you if you don't make sure to keep those sticky little hands busy between late June and Labour Day every year. After all, children need structure right? No they don't.
They should be able to confidently navigate independent situations. Being able to ask other adults for help, ordering fries from a fast food counter, helping a younger child at the playground, figuring out their own boundaries -- this all takes practice.