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Has Helicopter Parenting Gone Too Far?

The Truth About Risk and Responsibility

Michael Ungar • 4/13/2017

By Michael Ungar - What I'm finding through my clinical work and research is that families that bubble-wrap their children may prevent their healthy maturation. Helping parents look back and explore their own narratives challenges the need for excessive control of their child. The parent's role shifts from emphasizing protection to becoming a facilitator of experiences that build capacity, common sense, and positive relationships.

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The Risk-Taker’s Advantage

Are Today's Parents Too Overprotective?

Michael Ungar • 2/1/2016

There’s now consensus among social scientists that children in developed countries have never been safer. But the new normal is a growing pattern of overprotection that I’ve seen emerging as one of the thorniest clinical issues for therapists because it can look so reasonable. Rather than insisting that parents change their behavior and supervise their children less, I focus on how they can give their kids opportunities to experience the manageable amounts of risk and responsibility needed for success.

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Bubble-Wrapping Our Children

The Perils of Overprotective Parenting

Michael Ungar • 9/19/2014

While not all overprotective parents are as extreme in their behaviors as Shyam (indeed, few experience themselves as being obsessive at all), many middle-class families are struggling to decide how much protection is the right amount, even when their children are showing signs of anxiety and rebellion as a result. Whether these families are my clients or my neighbors, overprotective parenting appears to have become the rule, rather than the exception, in today’s world.

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Bubble-Wrapping Our Children

The Perils of Overprotective Parenting

Michael Ungar • 9/11/2014

We've become so focused on keeping children safe that we exaggerate the dangers they face despite the fact that they’ve never been safer. Still, no amount of statistical reports can get parents to stop hovering over their child. What’s a therapist to do?

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1/1/2012
Authors:
MICHAEL UNGAR, PHD
 
RON TAFFEL, PHD
 
JONATHAN BAYLIN, PH.D.
 
DANIEL A HUGHES, PH.D.
 
JANET SASSON EDGETTE, PSYD, MPH
 
DAVID FLOHR, PHD
 
MARTHA STRAUS, PHD
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NRC095798
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Beyond Clinical Correctness: Unearthing the logic of the client’s solution

Michael Ungar • 1/1/2012

An understanding of the unconventional ways people demonstrate resilience is important in helping us avoid pathologizing clients and stop believing there’s only one clinically “correct” way to help them.

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In Consultation

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Michael Ungar • 9/1/2008

Risk-averse parents who overprotect their children do them no favors.

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Copyright:
1/1/2012
Authors:
MICHAEL UNGAR, PHD
 
RON TAFFEL, PHD
 
JONATHAN BAYLIN, PH.D.
 
DANIEL A HUGHES, PH.D.
 
JANET SASSON EDGETTE, PSYD, MPH
 
DAVID FLOHR, PHD
 
MARTHA STRAUS, PHD
Product:
NRC095798
Type:
$39.99 USD
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Has Helicopter Parenting Gone Too Far?

The Truth About Risk and Responsibility

Michael Ungar • 4/13/2017

By Michael Ungar - What I'm finding through my clinical work and research is that families that bubble-wrap their children may prevent their healthy maturation. Helping parents look back and explore their own narratives challenges the need for excessive control of their child. The parent's role shifts from emphasizing protection to becoming a facilitator of experiences that build capacity, common sense, and positive relationships.

Daily Blog

The Risk-Taker’s Advantage

Are Today's Parents Too Overprotective?

Michael Ungar • 2/1/2016

There’s now consensus among social scientists that children in developed countries have never been safer. But the new normal is a growing pattern of overprotection that I’ve seen emerging as one of the thorniest clinical issues for therapists because it can look so reasonable. Rather than insisting that parents change their behavior and supervise their children less, I focus on how they can give their kids opportunities to experience the manageable amounts of risk and responsibility needed for success.

Daily Blog

Bubble-Wrapping Our Children

The Perils of Overprotective Parenting

Michael Ungar • 9/19/2014

While not all overprotective parents are as extreme in their behaviors as Shyam (indeed, few experience themselves as being obsessive at all), many middle-class families are struggling to decide how much protection is the right amount, even when their children are showing signs of anxiety and rebellion as a result. Whether these families are my clients or my neighbors, overprotective parenting appears to have become the rule, rather than the exception, in today’s world.

Daily Blog
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Bubble-Wrapping Our Children

The Perils of Overprotective Parenting

Michael Ungar • 9/11/2014

We've become so focused on keeping children safe that we exaggerate the dangers they face despite the fact that they’ve never been safer. Still, no amount of statistical reports can get parents to stop hovering over their child. What’s a therapist to do?

Magazine Article

Case Study

Beyond Clinical Correctness: Unearthing the logic of the client’s solution

Michael Ungar • 1/1/2012

An understanding of the unconventional ways people demonstrate resilience is important in helping us avoid pathologizing clients and stop believing there’s only one clinically “correct” way to help them.

Magazine Article

In Consultation

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Michael Ungar • 9/1/2008

Risk-averse parents who overprotect their children do them no favors.

Magazine Article
Page 1 of 1 (3 Items)
Michael Ungar, Ph.D., is principal investigator of the Resilience Research Centre and Killam Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. His books include Researching Resilience, edited with Linda Liebenberg, and Nurturing Hidden Resilience in Troubled Youth.