A case in Italy is creating controversy, and striking fear in the hearts of helicopter parents everywhere.
Time magazine spotlights an unusual child abuse case in Italy. It centers on the overprotective mother and grandparents of a 12-year-old boy known only as Luca in the northern city of Ferrara.
Prosecutors say that:
• Luca was not allowed to play with other children, go to church, participate in sports, or leave the house before or after school.
• He was sent to school with his snacks already cut into bite-size portions for him.
• He was both physically and psychologically stunted from such around-the-clock doting.
• He didn't know how to run.
• He had the motor skills of a 3-year-old child.
The boy's mother and grandfather have already been convicted of child abuse and are appealing the verdict. The grandmother is still facing charges.
In this case, do you think overparenting equals child abuse?