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A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting

The author takes a penetrating look at the growing trend of invasive parenting. Marano likens many parents to hovering helicopters or snowplows trying to remove all obstacles. The unfortunate result is that children become increasingly fragile, unable to make decisions or cope with failure. Rather than helping children to find success and happiness, the author argues, this over-involvement has exploded into a generation of infantilized wimps who can't handle everyday life. Instead, she advises, help your kids fail - more is learned from mistakes than from success, including critical thinking skills.