An adviser to the UK Prime Minister has expressed concern that children will be unable to cope as adults because they are being "babied" by parents.
Conservative MP, Claire Perry, said: "A lot of it is women who, because it is difficult to get on, subjugate their own ambition into their kids. That makes it harder when they get to university and realise they haven't got a mother to help them with their homework, watching their every move.”
Mrs Perry, who stopped working for seven years to raise her three children, admitted there was a time when she hovered over her children, but she added: "Now, I just can't, so I don't, and I think they're probably better off as a result."
Although she believed children’s coping abilities were suffering from overly intrusive parents, she also believed parents were not doing enough to teach their children about the inherent dangers of life.
She is particularly concerned about the dangers a child could potentially encounter while online and felt many parents were too busy to adequately supervise their children’s online activity.
Mrs Perry's opinions have drawn fire from other parts of the political spectrum, with Labour MP Frank Field describing the comments as "amazing."
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