We’ve witness the propagation of the creature known as the helicopter parent – doting care givers that just can’t stay out of their children’s business. Whether it’s meticulously scheduling their kids time, cyber-stalking summer camp antics or getting over involved with older kids job hunting, these alpha parents take child rearing to obsessive new levels.

Lisa Belkin at The New York Times has a smart view of the situation. She views this parenting style as part of a logical cycle where the previous generation’s faults fuels and defines the current generation’s style. And to the relief of kids, teachers and potential employers everywhere, she sees the “slacker parent” on the rise.

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