Day 19 – “Cockpit Parenting”

I came across this article in my research about parent/adult child dynamics and found it interesting. It is a good way to continue yesterday’s conversation about our family relationships and specifically addresses how a particular style of parenting (known as “cockpit parenting”) shapes us. Written by Christine Hassler (who also authored 20-Something, 20-Everything: A Quarter-life Woman’s Guide to Balance and Direction and 20 Something Manifesto: Quarter-Lifers Speak Out About Who They Are, What They Want, and How to Get It), this is a great article for parents to read but will also provide understanding for the Gen Yers into the adult they’ve become and possible reasons why. Here is the article:

Cockpit Parents: How They’re Flying 20-Somethings into the Ground

There are some other great resources out there to learn more about why you relate to your family the way you do and how to improve those relationships.

For parents:

Parenting From the Inside Out

Boundaries with Kids: How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Children

Raising Great Kids Workbook for Parents of School-Age Children

Boundaries with Teens: When to Say Yes, How to Say No


For Gen Yers (or anyone else with parents!):

Unlocking Your Family Patterns: Finding Freedom From a Hurtful Past

The Mom Factor: Dealing With the Mother You Have, Didn’t Have, or Still Contend With

Adult Children Secrets of Dysfunctional Families: The Secrets of Dysfunctional Families

An Adult Child’s Guide to What’s ‘Normal’

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