Not only do teachers in the 21st century have to deal with misbehaving students, but they also have to deal with the children’s parents as well. In many cases, the demanding parents are even worse than the kids because they let the little ones misbehave and then BLAME the teachers when something goes wrong. While you’ve heard about “helicopter parents,” there’s a new term going around called “lawnmower parents,” and you’re about to learn why teachers absolutely HATE these people.
In one social media post from a fed-up teacher, “lawnmower parents” became a thing. In the post, the teacher describes how these parents are ruining their children’s lives and hurting everyone else around them.
These parents, according to the anonymous teacher, “mow down” any obstacle that their kids face in their lives. That means these children are so weak and fragile that they are unable to face any sort of adversity themselves. These are the children who live with their parents into their late 20s and 30s. They’re the children who cry to mom when they have a problem in college. They’re the kids who don’t know how to handle adult responsibilities. Lawnmower parents may be trying to “help” their children, but they’re simply setting them up for a lifetime of disappointment and weakness.
The teacher wrote about how a parent showed up in the middle of a school day with something that was important to the child. It was a water bottle that the high-school girl forgot to bring to school.
“He was in a suit, clearly headed to work (or something worklike). “Remy kept texting me that she needed it. I texted back, Don’t they have water fountains at your school? But I guess she just had to have it out of the bottle.’ He laughed as if to say, ‘Teenagers, am I right?'”
But the teacher was disgusted. She could not believe that a parent was willing to sacrifice their money-making opportunity to bring a water bottle to his thirsty daughter who was too high-and-mighty to drink from the “public,” “low-class” water fountain.
“I took a deep breath through my nose, ‘Oh, I have one of those. I love mine, too.’ I said, but I’m pretty sure my eyes were saying, ‘What on this actual Earth?'”
Although the teacher knows that lawnmower parents come from a place of good intentions, they’re producing offspring that are weak and helpless – the cowards and weaklings of the 21st century.
“In raising children who have experienced minimal struggle, we are not creating a happier generation of kids. We are creating a generation that has no idea what to do when they actually encounter struggle. A generation who panics or shuts down at the mere idea of failure. A generation for whom failure is far too painful, leaving them with coping mechanisms like addiction, blame, and internalization.”
Like helicopter parents, lawnmower parents are not bad people – but they are disempowering the youth of tomorrow through their constantly giving into the child’s every whim.
When parents coddle their children, the teacher argues they reward their child’s shortcomings.
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