Right Now: 'Lawnmower parenting'

WICHITA, Kan. In a recent college admissions scam case involving some celebrities, investigators say wealthy parents paid the accused ringleader $25 million to get their children into top colleges.

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among dozens charged in a scheme in which authorities say parents paid an admissions consultant to bribe college coaches and rig test scores to get their children into elite universities. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter/Larry King/YouTube/MGN)

This is not a case were parents acted in the best interest of their children. With so much falsified from the beginning of the admissions process, these parents did their children no favors, experts say. They say this is a failure on the parenting and in the process of getting into college.

Experts say the college admissions scam is a reflection of "lawnmower parenting" in which parents overstep in their attempts to keep their children from facing obstacles by manufacturing outcomes.

How much parenting is *too much* parenting? It's a topic discussed nationwide in the days and weeks national news broke of the college admissions scandal.

It's important to note, it's not just the rich and famous who can be guilty of "lawnmower parenting." Many are guilty of it in varying degrees. Everyday examples include helping your adult children to fill out a job application, reminding your children about deadlines, limiting their responsibility to remember it themselves and scheduling appointments for your grown children.

While we all want what's best for our children, experts warn that even some seemingly harmless attempts to "help" can be harmful in the long run.