There is one key reason our generation (and, I'd argue, the generation before us) became helicopter parents--fear. And there are three key drivers to the pervasiveness of fear in this generation--our inability to accurately judge risk, having kids later in life, and the proliferation of 24/7 medi... (more) A New York Times blog entry from a teacher on how Modern Parents are undermining their children. Could not have said it better myself (although I believe I have said the same thing dozens of times, just less eloquently).
Click: Don't Make Your Children the Exception to Every Rule
Thank you notes. I hate them.
I don't hate all of them, though. Thank you notes after an interview are fine. A thank you note to your mom and dad after you graduate college is a nice touch. Even a thank you note to that special teacher who made a difference in your life is a good idea.... (more)