Lawnmower mums cut out adversity
FORGET helicopter parents. Lawnmower mums are the new generation of pushy parents, and they could be doing more harm than good.
The term was coined by the We Are Teachers blog, and is defined as “parents that go to whatever lengths necessary to prevent their child from having to face adversity, struggle, or failure”. They are described as: “Instead of preparing children for challenges, they mow obstacles down so kids won’t experience them in the first place.”
One teacher moaned about a parent who needed something urgently picked up for their child. The teacher was happy to help, but was left gobsmacked when the dad passed over an insulated water bottle – which his daughter “needed” asap.
The teacher warned lawnmower parents could create a generation of kids who can’t deal with failure, turning them to addiction, blame and internalisation.
Stephanie Samar, a clinical psychologist at the Mood Disorders Center of the Child Mind Institute, said: “When parents are removing obstacles for their child they are really taking away that opportunity for kids to learn those problem-solving techniques.”
NOT HELPING: Lawnmower parents plough through and “fix” the problem before it’s even been raised.