One hits on the topic of "overparenting" or "helicopter" parenting (in all its forms). I'm sure teachers could give us an earful.
From KQED, What Overparenting Looks Like From a Stanford Dean’s Perspective
I began to worry that college “kids” (as college students had become known) were somehow not quite formed fully as humans. They seemed to be scanning the sidelines for Mom or Dad. Under-constructed. Existentially impotent.
Maybe those champions of self-actualization, the Boomers, did so much for their kids that their kids have been robbed of a chance to develop a belief in their own selves.
Then there's the "free-range" parents who have - twice - gotten in trouble for letting their 10-year old and 6-year old play at a park near their home and walk home alone. The second time, the cops took the kids - for hours - before releasing to the parents. From the Washington Post:
Maryland officials have taken steps to clarify their views about children playing or walking alone outdoors in a new policy directive that says Child Protective Services should not be involved in such cases unless children have been harmed or face a substantial risk of harm.
The statement echoes that thought, saying the state agency is “mindful that every family applies its members’ personal upbringing, life experiences and expectations to parenting, and it is not the department’s role to pick and choose among child-rearing philosophies and practices.”
The new directive also addresses a state law on unattended children that says children younger than 8 in a building, enclosure or vehicle must be with a responsible person who is at least 13.
At the extreme end of parenting, there's this (from The TakeAway):
Imagine this: You are one of six brothers who've spent your entire lives locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. You've rarely been out of your apartment. You don't have visitors, and you don't know anyone outside your family.
In fact, the only thing you know of the outside world is gleaned from the movies that you own, watch, and recreate meticulously.
Lastly, you knew it had to happen sometime. The Bravo channel - famous for its reality show franchise, The Real Housewives of X - has a new show starting tonight. It's called Mother Funders and it's about a PTO in a small Georgia town. It's all women (sigh) who dress pretty well with one queen bee who, yes, turns out to be the president of the PTO.