Why Helicopter Parents need to come back down to Earth

The phrase ‘Helicopter Parent’ gained some traction in American education in the early 2000s, the meaning behind the phrase being that a parent or parents pay far too much attention to a child’s development, progress, experiences and problems in their young life. This is particularly strong when looking at a child’s performance in the educational system and it can put unnecessary stress on both the child and their educators in order to achieve the ‘results desired’ by the parents themselves.

Don’t Be Suffocating

It is important to demonstrate an interest in your child’s education and how and why they learn things. However, getting hung up on whether or not they are above or below the recommended reading age, whether they should be having difficulties with spelling, whether they are performing in sports activities as they should, can cause a strained relationship between the parents and the child and can even have a negative effect on the child’s education.

Learning to Take the Initiative

If everything is handed to you on a plate in life, you don’t get a full comprehension of how working hard feels. You can become narrow minded and easily frustrated when presented with barriers. Some ‘helicopter parents’ run the risk of creating children who don’t know how to think outside the box. By stepping back and letting them try to handle problems on their own, you give them space to breathe and space to grow in their own way.

 

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