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hyper-parenting n.

A child-rearing style in which parents are intensely involved in
managing, scheduling, and enriching all aspects of their children's
lives. Also: hyperparenting.
--hyper-parent v., n.
--hyper-parental adj.

Example Citations
We live in an age of hyper-parenting, where a child is the ultimate
validation of an adult's ego and the little time they have to spend
with them must be "quality time". There is little room for deviance,
boredom or unplanned curiosity in the modern child's routine,
especially when the parents return home from long hours at work.
--Tanveer Ahmed, "When Drugs Mask Our Society's Failings," The Age
(Melbourne, Australia), April 30, 2004

This same scrupulously fed child turned out to be the one of four
children who was constantly sick -- eventually requiring daily
antibiotics to stave off the many infections that plagued her. In
time, her health problems were traced to a genetic immune deficiency,
which she eventually outgrew -- as her mother also outgrew that naive
conviction that life could be controlled and shaped by her own
intensive efforts. That sincere, well-intentioned belief is the
essence of hyper-parenting.
--Alvin Rosenfeld and Nicole Wise, _The Overscheduled Child:
Avoiding the Hyper-Parenting Trap_, St. Martin's Griffin, April 7,

Earliest Citation
While older teens were making America miserable, the infants checking
out of maternity wards were the "Millennial'' babies born in 1982 and
after. These babies, the flip side to the 13th Generation, would
experience hyper-parenting -- academic preschools, school uniforms,
strict curfews.
--Richard Whitmire, "Social turnaround baffling," The Salt Lake
Tribune, December 24, 1996

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See Also
askable parent:


financial parenting:

helicopter parent:

hurried child syndrome:

lifelong parenting:

parallel parenting:

stealth parenting:

trophy child:

Subject Category
Sociology - Pregnancy and Parenting:

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Never will I forget my naive astonishment at discovering that there
existed another person who loved words in much the same sputtering
and agonised way that I did, who fought them and cursed them and
cried over them and stood back, dazzled and agog in admiration of
them. After all those years isolated in my hometown, shut up in my
bedroom reading books, I had thought I was the only person in the
world so afflicted.
--Donna Tartt, American novelist, essayist, and critic, _The
Guardian_, July 20, 2002

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