Swoosh-swoosh-swoosh. What's that sound? It's a hovering parent swooping in like a helicopter to "save" their child from potential harm -- or is it a potential lesson? Helicopter parents are everywhere, shielding their kids from harm, hurt and more... or so they think.
Clinical psychologist David Sabine, Ph.D., knows firsthand about helicopter parenting. "I had a helicopter mom. Actually, she was a Huey that could lift a tank if she had to. I couldn't even sit on a motorcycle. I couldn't play football. And God help you if your kid messed with me," says Dr. Sabine. But when he went away to college and got a taste of freedom, he made several mistakes in short order.
Helicopter parenting stories like this are everywhere. Helicopter parenting has swept the nation. Wondering if you are part of the legion of helicopter parents?
If worrying about helicopter parenting is plaguing you, here are some parenting help. First, let's see if you might be a helicopter parent. Dr. Sabine shared this list of key characteristics:
Rev Dr Angela Chester of New Life Pastoral Counseling says that helicopter parents also tend to "hover" over their kids in all aspects of their lives -- school, work and more.
Alright, so maybe you are a helicopter parent or maybe you are worried about being one in the future. Whatever the case, here are some ways to avoid that.
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