Most of us are familiar with the concept of the 'helicopter parent' who hovers anxiously over their child's every move. But now a new parenting type has been identified - and experts say 'snowplough parents', who clear every obstacle from their child's path while piling on the pressure to achieve, can be every bit as damaging.
Snowplough parenting is becoming increasingly common in the UK as well as the US with nearly a quarter of teenagers supplied with tutors by their parents in a bid to boost their grades. They let nothing stand in the way of their children’s success, even though they may be robbing them of the opportunity to build resilience. Children are becoming 'terrified of failure' and being turned into 'achievement machines' by their parents.
After school classes, intensive music lessons and an emphasis on besting the competition in team sports are all favorites of the snowplough parent, who also, on occasion, take charge of their children's homework.
As a result of increasing parental pressure, one in 10 university students suffers from mental health problems while others find themselves unable to cope without help from Mum and Dad and an army of private tutors. (Source: Mail online)