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Lauren Nichols, Psy.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Adler University
Daily Parent Interviews Dr. Nichols
for Insights on Avoiding
'Snowplow Parenting'

“Parents have the best intentions," says Lauren Nichols, Psy.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology and coordinator of the Adler University's Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Program, Child & Adolescent Psychology Track. "But children need both positive and negative experiences to build positive self-esteem. By eliminating failure and even minor negative moments, parents are doing their children a disservice."

"Snowplow parents" is the name recently given to parents who regularly intercede to move problems out of their child's way, instead of allowing the child to experience and resolve problems on his or her own. 

In this story for the Daily Parent, Dr. Nichols explains some consequences of such parenting, and ways that parents can more beneficially address issues their children are facing. To read more, click here for "The Cold Truth About Snowplow Parenting."

About the Adler School of Professional Psychology

The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a scholar/practitioner model for 60 years. Its mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities, and advancing social justice. The Adler School enrolls more than 1,200 students in doctoral and master’s degree programs and offerings at its campuses in Chicago, Illinois, and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online. 


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