Helicopter Parents

Season 7 | Episode 706 | Length: 27 minutes

This important episode explores the crucial distinction between “parenting” and “over-parenting”. Experts reveal some of the most common well-intentioned – but damaging – mistakes parents make; and they explain how so-called “helicopter parenting” can lead to a child who struggles to adjust to school and social environments.

Our Guests

David Tabatsky is a writer, editor, and performing artist, based in New York City.


Dr. Rueben BrocDr. Rueben Brock is an assistant professor of psychology at California University of Pennsylvania. He is also a licensed counselor in private practice.


Dr. George GlassDr. George Glass is a medical doctor, a psychiatrist, and a specialist in addiction disorders. He has been a Clinical Associate Professor or Psychiatry at three different medical schools, and has dealt with adolescents, young adults, and adults who have had entitlement, maturation, and substance abuse issues.


discussion guideDownload the accompanying discussion guide for more information about the episode, discussion questions, biographies of the guests featured in the episode, online articles, resources, and much more!


The Overparenting Epidemic: Why Helicopter Parenting Is Bad for Your Kids… and Dangerous for You, Too!  By George S. Glass, M.D. and David Tabatsky

SRI International:  Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century

American Psychological Association:  Helicopter Parenting May Negatively Affect Children’s Emotional Well-Being, Behavior

What’s Wrong with Helicopter Parenting

National Institutes of Health: The Upside of Helicopter Parenting: Engaging Parents to Reduce First-Year Student Drinking

What are the Positive Effects of Helicopter Parenting?

Psychology Today: The 3 Different Kind of Helicopter Parents

Why It’s Important for Kids to Be Resilient

Harvard Center on the Developing Child: Resilience

Psychology Today: Helicopter Parenting and College Students’ Increased Neediness

Basic Life Skills Your Student Needs Before Going To College

Harvard Medical School: When Too Much Help Is No Help

Why helicopter parenting can be a sign of privilege

How Parents Are Robbing Their Children of Adulthood

The four cultural shifts that led to the rise of the helicopter parent

Are Helicopter Parents Driving Grade Inflation?