But I have to say that with the onset of Helicopter parenting there is a positive. Believe it or not. When I was a child parents really never considered the kids' feelings about big lifetime changes like divorce. Parents just did what they wanted--move in with a new guy? Ok. Never mind that he was an alcoholic, or hated kids, if mom wanted to live with him, so be it. Thankfully, that seems to have come to an end (at least in my circles)--I know that when I was thinking about divorce I very carefully considered my kid's feelings. And when I started dating again? You best believe that he didn't meet the guy until it was fairly serious. And if my son didn't like Xing Fu? Probably a deal-breaker (Glad I don't need to even think about that--they have a great relationship). I think a lot of this parent concern has come from the over-protective trend--sorta the plus side of it--twisted, but it is a positive outcome.
Yup, this parent behavior just makes me cringe--especially around the holidays--so my statement to this woman? Lady, you are doing your kid a huge disservice. Teach him that when you are successful at your job as an adult, you usually get recognized by the boss by giving you more work. There are no gold stars for farting in the real world.