Home and Family

  • Rob CreasyEmail author
  • Fiona Corby


Changes within parenting have seen an intensification of parental involvement in children’s lives. A context of children as becomings against a backdrop of risk has led to parents being involved in decision-making to a much greater extent and to an increased level of supervision. The rise in helicopter parenting acts to impoverish childhood and restrict children’s agency. Children’s access to spaces beyond the home contributes to a sense in which childcare is concerned with containment. Being a good parent then becomes dominated by surveillance with a focus on knowing where children are and what they are doing at all times. This leads to a tame childhood where opportunities to develop are restricted


Parenting Supervision Helicopter parenting Good parent Surveillance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychological and Social SciencesYork St John UniversityYorkUK
  2. 2.School of Social Sciences, Humanities and LawTeesside UniversityMiddlesbroughUK

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