“That hovering may have backfired. College counselors across the nation are reporting higher rates of general anxiety in this generation’s crop of students. And kids who say they had over-controlling parents have higher levels of depression and reported feeling less satisfied with family life.
When they receive parental support they didn’t ask for, they feel less competent and have less initiative than peers who weren’t parented in this way, and lack a sense of confidence because of it. “