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telegraphindia.com 12 Sep, 2021 00:30 am

Editorial: Caught in the blades

Editorial: Caught in the blades
Online education has become the wind beneath the wings for ‘helicopter parenting’. But could this be leading children to crash?

Nietzsche would have fared better if he had turned to India, where parents, be it the overbearing mother or the authoritarian father, have, for long, honed the skill of micromanaging the lives of their children.Then, there is the figure of the overbearing mother, a creature born as a result of inverted, asymmetrical power relationships.Scientific research shows that this type of domineering parenting has serious, long-term consequences: the children’s inability to take independent decisions impairs their problem-solving skills.Scientific research shows that this type of domineering parenting has serious, long-term consequences: the children’s inability to take independent decisions impairs their problem-solving skills.

Advertisement What runs even deeper though is the culture of surveillance that is ingrained in the Indian family structure — the snooping Indian relative can give Pegasus a run for its money.Knowledge — about the intimate affairs of family members — is power when it comes to keeping the fast-disintegrating Great Indian Family together.

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