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High anxiety: Why can't some parents let go of baby?

March 12, 2011 |  6:00 am

Parent-anxietyWe've heard the jokes about helicopter moms and dads.

We heard the outrage over “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” and author Amy Chua’s style of omnipotent parenting.

We've heard experts galore tell adults to back off and worry less.

Then why do so many parents still feel so much anxiety?

Times staff writer Mary MacVean reports on the phenomenon. She finds many parents do want to obsess less about kids' grades, friends, plans for college and prospects for employment (or lack thereof). Yet few know how -- or if -- they can change their behavior.

The Bond: This piece is the first in a new series looking at the changing nature of parent-child relationships. We welcome comments and story ideas at home@latimes.com.

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