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USA Today - Parents say they feel positive about young adult kids

Today’s young adults may bloom slowly, but they are doing something right: For the most part, they’re pleasing their parents, a new survey finds.

Such closeness can backfire “if the parents are doing so much day-to-day problem solving and trouble-shooting that the child never learns the skills to do that,” says Alan Reifman, a professor of human development and family studies at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. But, he says, it’s not clear that harmful “helicopter parenting” is as common as some anecdotal reports suggest.

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