If a Tiger mom forces kids toward routines of hard work -- the pursuit of excellence at the expense of a crushed soul -- what do we call Moms who exhaust themselves to the bone making sure their kids systematically have everything done for them? I'd say this is the Kangaroo Mom: hopping from one place to another, keeping the kids safely in their pouches. Cold outside and the six year old doesnt want to wear a hat, make her wear one so she wont be cold. Wont eat dinner? Hector her into eating. Under the rationale of doing what's fastest or best for the kids, putting them in positions where they never get the chance to feel hungry, get cold, or suffer even the most basic consequences of their actions.
Raised in a life without consequences and what happens? Nothing good: raising kids without consequences leads to entitled kids with a profound lack of self esteem. The message of forcing a seven year old to zip a coat is effectively: "your judgment cant be trusted, even in the most basic things, and you can't figure things out for yourself."
This is why I love this Post story so much: it has a solution: good old 1970's style neglect!