Children who have helicopter parents may be more likely to struggle at school and become badly behaved, according to research.

Kids with parents who hover over them and dictate what they do may be less likely to cope with the challenges of growing up, shares Daily Mail.

The research, by the University of Minnesota, found coddled children are more likely to struggle in school and have difficulties making friends.

This is because children need to learn the ‘fundamental skills’ of managing their own emotions and behaviour, but overwhelming parents could limit their ability to do so.

In a study which observed children whose parents were demanding, the researchers found some of the youngsters became ‘defiant’, ‘apathetic’ or ‘frustrated’.

Examples of ‘helicopter parenting’ in the study included: telling a child what toy to play with, how to play with it and how to clean up after playtime.

Children who are encouraged to handle difficult situations on their own grow up with better mental and physical health, stronger relationships and more academic success, the scientists said.

‘Our research showed that children with helicopter parents may be less able to deal with the challenging demands of growing up,’ said Dr Nicole Perry, lead author of the study.

The University of Minnesota researchers followed the same 422 children in the US over eight years and assessed them at ages two, five and 10.

They found that children with parents who constantly tell them what to do are less able to control their emotions or to behave well.

The research was published in the journal Developmental Psychology. Read more here.

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  • Parenting is the hardest job in the world.


  • It would be interesting to read more about this. In general I do think it’s good to teach a child as much as possible independence to develop their own personalities and give them choice where possible.


  • We all try and do our best. Next week there will be another excuse of bad behaviour. We have to stop blaming the parents, especially ones that are trying their best and love their kids.


  • The links do not seem to work in this article which is a shame! :( I would like to read more about this and read the information in the links.


  • What load of garbage


  • There are all different kinds of parents and no perfect parent.


  • A hand book does not come with being a parent.


  • It’s hard for parents not to be over protective when they’re constantly being fed stories of terrible things happening to beautiful innocent children.


  • I think I have been guilty of this in the past :( I probably still do it from time to time


  • Doesn’t matter how you parent them. You’re gunna screw up somehow!


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