Cotton Wool Kids Essay

1928 Words Jul 17th, 2011 8 Pages
"Has politically correct, overprotective parenting created a generation of "cotton wool," kids so removed from risk and adversity that they are left incapable of dealing with the social and physical demands of adult life?"

The number of socially and physically incapable children in New Zealand society is rapidly growing. The overprotective and politically correct parents of these children have been influenced by the media, through television coverage of the danger in their surrounding communities, and the parenting advice that the media feel they have the right to distribute. "Cotton Wool Kids," that the media have cleverly named these children as, is defined as an act "to protect someone completely from the dangers, difficulties etc of
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And because of the constant controlling and monitoring that they are the victim of, these children have the inability to launch because they're unsure of their passion, their own direction, and what to do next, if it means doing it on their own.
The fear of failure, that the parents have instilled in their, is raising parental anxiety levels. Research has shown that parents who consistently judge their own self-worth by their children's success report feeling more sad and having more negative self image than parents who did not engage in the helicopter parenting behaviour.

And then there are the supposed 'positives' of "wrapping your kids in cotton wool." "A study has shown that parental involvement can be very helpful. Data from 24 colleges and universities in the United States of America gathered for the National Survey of Student Engagement show that "students whose parents were very often in contact with them and frequently intervened on their behalf reported higher levels of engagement and more frequent use of deep learning activities, such as after-class discussions with professors, intensive writing exercises and independent research, than students with less-involved parents."
"Compared with their counterparts, children of helicopter parents were more satisfied with every aspect of their college experience, gained more in such areas as writing and critical thinking, and were more likely to talk with faculty and peers about substantive

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