First it was Helicopter… Now it is Lawnmower!

Was casually cruising news sources on the internet and ran into an article titled:

Lawn mower parents’ are the new ‘helicopter moms’

This immediately drew my attention since I teach/instruct in the snow-sports industry – specifically Alpine & Telemark skiing. Most of my students have been “kids” (aren’t we ALL kids ?) and having experienced the helicopter parent(s) in some of the “never/ever/beginner” classes, I knew what that was about … so what to heck is a “Lawn Mower Parent”?!?

Well.. it’s actually simple – what is a lawnmower used for – It’s for “mowing” down the tall grass to make everything nice and smooth… and neat… and clean. Get the picture?

Something tells me this is NOT a step in the right direction. If we move from a “hovering” approach to be there to fix every problem/issue in our kids’ lives to clearing every obstacle then just what are they learning? IMHO absolutely NOTHING – except there will be someone to smooth the path for them and iron out every wrinkle in their lives. Guess what happens the first time things get “bumpy” – I’ll tell you what happens – a total meltdown/crash.

Lawn Mower Parenting is the perfect path to create completely dis-functional kids (and later adults). Do we really want that?

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