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The End of American Childhood: A History of Parenting from Life on the Frontier to the Managed Child

by Paula S. Fass,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 5, 2016

Fearful that even a momentary lapse in oversight will ruin their children's future, many American parents micromanage. Others worry that "helicopter parents" may produce individuals who are overcontrolled, overindulged, and ill-prepared for a competitive world in which competence must be earned through hard work and independent thinking.

 

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