Growing Trend in Parenting: “Lawnmower Parents”

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Teachers on WeAreTeachers Warn of the Pitfalls of Parents Who Mow Down Obstacles for Their Kids

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Of course you’ve heard of “helicopter parents.” Well, now there is a new breed of parents, “lawnmower parents” and with the start of the new school year today’s teachers want them to know they may be doing a disservice to their kids.

As featured on Megyn Kelly Today, lawnmower parents go to whatever lengths necessary to prevent their child from having to face adversity, struggle or failure. A recent article on WeAreTeachers, the online media brand for educators, explores this emerging trend and the challenges that it presents to teachers who work with lawnmower parents every day during the school year.

Bringing a missed water bottle or project to school may not seem like a big deal, but teachers say it is exactly this kind of repeated “saving” from parents that leads to college students and adults who are not equipped to deal with failure. Indeed, when mom or dad is always the one to ask for an extension or extra credit, students arrive at college unprepared to do this kind of problem solving on their own.

To share more about this trend in parenting and its impact in today’s classrooms, schedule an interview with WeAreTeachers Editorial Director Hannah Hudson by contacting Lisa Wolfe,, 312-953-8085.

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