We went from helicopter and overprotective parenting to lawnmower parenting, but, What is this, what is this type of parenting? Helicopter parenting has evolved, which is not good for anyone, especially children. Have you heard of lawn farming? Lawnmower parents are similar to helicopter parents in that they hover, but can actually be more destructive.
This new breeding term has been called the “Father of the Lawn Mower” and is one to keep in mind. Being a parent is obviously an important job and people want to do it well. Everyone wants the best for their children; To give them, to give them more than they had. No one wants to harm their children, but sometimes parents do just that when their focus is on the end goal instead of the journey. Many parents seem to forget what childhood is all about.
Hence, the term “father of the lawnmower” is compared to the new father of the helicopter because, like the father of the helicopter, The father who cuts the lawn looms over the child when trouble arises And they are more involved in their child’s life. The big difference is that the mowing parent cuts out any obstacles before the child reaches them. By preventing or eliminating parenting problems, the child will not experience anything negative, difficult, or upsetting.
Mistakes happen in childhood
Childhood is a time to make mistakes. Experiment and try. Allow for trial and error. If a child is not given ample opportunity to practice, fail, and try again, we are not setting our children up for success. We don’t give them the best.
We don’t prepare them for the future and certainly don’t give them more than we already have. Adults are now given more freedom, many of whom grow up alone at home, But now adults want to protect and nurture their children more than necessary.
A lawnmower for parents in the classroom
An anonymous high school teacher wrote an article in which she gave some examples of how she sees this type of parenting style on a day-to-day basis. It’s “the new helicopter parenting, and that’s not what we’re here for,” says the author. In the article, one of the students writes about how he was called to the principal’s office to take something from his parents. They think it might be money or something important.
The teacher was surprised to see the father “shyly” standing with a bottle of water. “Doesn’t your school have water fountains?” The father joked that he texted his daughter. Yet he was standing there, dressed in work clothes, taking the time to bring his daughter a bottle of water… because she had forgotten it.
By doing this, you cut off your daughter’s problem rather than giving her a chance to figure out how to solve her forgotten water bottle dilemma. The author mentions responding with an understanding but with a look that says something different..
In another account, the teacher talks about a phone call with a parent who asked for an extension on a project on the student’s behalf without holding her own child accountable. Remember, we’re talking about high school; Older children with higher abilities Think, act and be responsible for their own affairs.
Lawnmower parents do everything they can to prevent their child from having to face it Adversities, struggles or failures. Instead of preparing children for challenges, they lower barriers so children don’t experience them in the first place.
By preventing them from experiencing challenging obstacles for themselves, we are creating a generation that cannot solve their own problems or think for themselves. Imagine the stress and anxiety such a person faces when the day comes to face an obstacle. It looks like a scary future with no wins.