The family is a microcosm of the society in which it finds itself. We currently live in a paradigm that I often refer to as Fabian Socialism, a nanny state where the government interferes in just about every aspect of our lives under the guise of protecting us. But what it is really engendering is a state of learned helplessness whereby the citizens become as hopelessly dependent on the bureaucrats as a two-year-old does on its parents.
I see a direct correlation between Fabian Socialism and Helicopter Parenting. Both are unhealthy because they prevent people from maturing into responsible, self-actualized adults. And for someone who has spent her life in the pursuit of personal freedom, this is nothing short of a tragedy.
Over-protecting children is the flip side of neglect, and is just as harmful to the healthy development of a child.