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Positive Parenting: Snowplow parents

These parents keep giving their adult children financial assistance, and could go as far as calling their bosses for issues at work.
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PORTLAND, Ore. — There's a new term for parents who have too much of a presence in their children's lives -- snowplow parents.

These parents are so present in their kids' lives, they are squashing possible life skills.

These are the kids of parents who make appointments for their adult children, or they call their college-aged children to make sure they're attending classes -- or in the worst cases, even call them to make sure they're up in the morning! 

In a study published by the New York Times, 76 percent reminded their adult children of deadlines they needed to meet, while 74 percent of them made appointments for those children. Eleven percent said they would call their child's boss over an issue at work, and 12 percent give them $500 or more per month for expenses. 

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