There are countless examples of this, but the most recent is a story today in Forbes Magazine reporting on a new study that has found that spoiling children is bad for their character:
"A new study from The Ohio State University suggests that constant – and perhaps undue – praise for our kids’ tiniest accomplishments, or non-accomplishments, may have the unintended side-effect of creating an over-inflated ego."The revelation is doubtless being received among the knowledge class that knows more than the rest of us like a bombshell.
But I have a revelation to make: I knew that helicopter parenting was detrimental to children before this study ever came out! I swear it. In fact, I have published my own findings on this very blog repeatedly. The only thing my studies lacked is footnotes, data sets, and pretentious scientific jargon.
Also the grant money is nearly as good.
It's all rather informal, you see. Based on something that the scientific community doesn't value too highly anymore: a lifetime of experience.
It doesn't count for much anymore, but it's cheaper, less pedantic, and you don't have to wait years to find out what everyone else already knows.
You can read the rest Forbes magazine article.