Expert Joanie Connell reveals how kids can break free from helicopter parenting and succeed in episode #196 of the Prepped and Polished Podcast. In this installment, Alexis Avila speaks to Dr. Joannie Connell, a psychologist and author of  Flying Without a Helicopter: How To Prepare Young People for Work and Life.  Joanie Connell, PhD is founder and CEO of Flexible Work Solutions, Inc.  a company that works with other companies to attract, develop, and retain top talent. Her clients are from Fortune 100 companies, not-for-profit and government agencies, and high tech, biotech, healthcare, finance, legal and other industries. As a professor, she has taught business and psychology students at all academic levels. Learn more at

For another related podcast, check out episode #140 with Dr. Delvina Miremadi on how kids can realize their resilience

On today’s episode, Joanie gives us tips on how kids can become more self-sufficient and resilient, and gives parents strategies on how to better let go of their kids as they get ready for young adulthood.

Helicopter Parenting or Lawn Mower Parenting: When parents hover over their children and plow the path for their children so they don’t have any obstacles in the way.


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