Competitive and uncertain contemporary times are likely to accentuate anxiety in a population of parents, with consequences for their children's well-being.

In a recent L.A. Times article, Mary MacVean sketches a worrying picture of parents micromanaging their children’s lives and becoming increasingly consumed by the anxiety that accompanies such a task. In spite of proffered expert opinions, hands-off parenting seems to be impossible to achieve with parents continuing to strive to ensure they make all the right choices for their children. The end result is that college officials can now separate students into two categories: “teacups” and “crispies” — the former having been brought up by just such mico-managing parents as to make them incredibly fragile, and the latter pushed beyond their limits to succeed, causing them to burn-out at a very early age.

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