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The Trophy Kids Grow Up: How the Millennial Generation is Shaking Up the Workplace by Ron Alsop

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3.5. BREAKING AWAY

Because some millennials have come to rely so heavily on their parents' advice, college counselors question whether they're being suffocated or supported. Helicopter parents may indeed be toxic, hampering their children's need to become self-reliant and face inevitable obstacles and disappointments in life. They may be producing a generation of very needy adults who can't think for themselves. One young woman regretfully told me, "My parents' views have become my own. I cannot claim originality when it comes to my ideas." And on an Internet blog about helicopter parents, a young man wrote, "As I got older, the struggle for independence was always there. I was always depressed, but I always put on a front to appease my parents. ...

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