No wonder kids really aren't ready for the real world even after they've gone to college -- they've been nurtured by....helicopter parents!! One good reason to send your kid to boarding school is to get this out of the parent's system earlier than college! I Speak of Dreams has a lengthy entry about the increasing number of helicopter parents "supporting" their children in college -- picking the school, picking and advocating for their roommate, picking their classes, and fighting their other battles for them. The cell phone has become an "umbilical cord" to home. If Mom and Dad do all this, when is the kid going to grow up? The things parents do that are described in the various snippets here are just beyond belief! Colleges are now having to spend money (out of the ever increasing tuition we pay) to create systems to deal with the helicopter parents!
The social implications of kids brought up under these over-bearing parents is mind-boggling. Will these kids be able to think for themselves? Once Mom and Dad are gone, will they look to other "authorities" to provide for them? How will they parent?