These days, mothers, as well as fathers, devote significantly more time to their kids than their predecessors did in the 1960s, while working more at the same time. Paradoxically, on the other hand, the famous "helicopter parenting" style does not have a great reputation. It was even found guilty of very bad things such as rising levels of teen anxiety or render college-age children unable to do their laundry, for example. But surprisingly, a new study suggests that a large consensus supports intensive parenting as a positive way to raise kids.

Patrick Ishizuka, a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University in New York, found that regardless of social background or education levels, the so-called helicopter parenting method has an almost universal appeal. According to Ishizuka, “College graduates and non-college graduates, high and low-income parents, all these groups report remarkably similar support for intensive parenting."

Picture: The push and pull of parenting (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)