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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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6.1. PROGRAMMED LIVES

Saylor's upbringing is more the exception. Overly involved parents have caused many millennials to become highly dependent on directions and afraid of uncertainty and independent decision making. The so-called helicopter parents have been calling most of the shots from childhood through the college application process. They have programmed their kids' lives very carefully, filling every waking moment with play dates, music lessons, sports practices, tutors, and other structured activities. Millennials didn't have to be creative to fill their free time; there wasn't any. As for resolving problems and challenges in the classroom or on the playing field, parents typically intervened with teachers and coaches.

In school, millennials ...

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