How helicopter parents muscle in on kids’ job searches – from CBS News

Having trouble finding a job? Have you considered bringing mom or dad to your next interview? Or perhaps asking them to ask their buddies to give you a job? If you’re anything like a recently surveyed sample of 18-24 year olds, your answer may be yes!

The survey, conducted by researchers at Adecco USA and reported by CBS News, found that the “Over-invested parents are doing everything from accompanying their adult children to job interviews to writing their thank-you notes after an interview.” 

While parents might think they’re helping their kids, research shows this kind of helicopter parenting is actually bad for kids. As I describe in a previous post, research by sociologists LeMoyne and Buchanan found that the college-aged children of helicopter parents do not fare well: they have higher rates of drug use and lower rates of psychological well-being compared to those without helicopter parents.

That helicopter parents do more harm than good never seems to surprise anyone in the childfree community. Someone might want to let parents in on the secret.

Little Johnny – with mom and dad in tow – heads to his first job interview! Good luck Johnny!

How helicopter parents muscle in on kids’ job searches

By AIMEE PICCHI / MONEYWATCH / May 1, 2014, 6:15 AM

As American students graduate this spring from high school and college and enter their working years, there’s one thing many of them won’t be leaving behind: their helicopter parents.

Almost four out of 10 Americans between 18 to 24 years old say their parents are involved in their search for employment, according to a survey from Adecco Staffing. Over-invested parents are doing everything from accompanying their adult children to job interviews to writing their thank-you notes after an interview, the study found.

“It’s unbelievable right now how much parents are taking an interest and doing a lot of the work in getting their children a job,” Joyce Russell, president of Adecco Staffing U.S., said in an interview. Parents are “enabling those kids and not creating a generation of doers.”

Read the full article here.

2 Responses to How helicopter parents muscle in on kids’ job searches – from CBS News

  1. Elizabeth Frantes July 6, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    I glanced at a parenting article in an upscale magazine, can’t remember which, and the New Trend is raising them more like the Windsors, with proper table manners, expected to behave properly. Like how my parents raised their children. It’s like with animals. When I had a dog and a horse, I prided myself on having the best trained beastie around. Some folks let their critters run away with ’em and it never ends well for either the 2 legger or the 4 legger.

  2. Through Gray Eyes May 1, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    Bwahahahahaha!!!!! I went back and read your other post about having actual citation to help further our domination over – uh, I mean, to discuss the harm of helicopter parents.

    Helicopter parents are actually one, in a very long list, of the reasons we don’t want kids. We would never want our kid to feel like we didn’t care enough because the other kids in their class are involved in everything.

    The last year I did graduate admissions (and one of the reasons I stopped doing that job) was because of a call I got from a father. We had just accepted his son into our PhD program, offered him a full ride, and gave him a teaching assistant position (20 hours a week). His father called furious that his boy would have to work and how did we expect him to do a good job in his PhD program if he was working?!?! We were fools! I had to calmly explain to him that the TA position was for only one academic year (his first year, only two semesters) and that all PhD students in our program have to do this.

    But hey! I have no children so I can’t possibly know what I’m talking about LOL.

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