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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Helicopter Parents Abroad

As children's issues change over time, so do parent issues. The term "Helicopter Parent" refers to moms and dads who "hover" around their kids, making sure that the young'un gets every possible advantage. Well, a recent story coming out of Japan describes a school play where no parent was willing to allow his or her child to play a role other than the lead. The result: 25 Snow Whites on stage with no dwarfs or wicked witches.

Now I believe children are not helped by silent, uninvolved parents, but some parents need to take a step back and realize teachers really want to work with parents. No one benefits when parents and teachers become adversaries.

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