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Helicopter Parents

The Hardest Lesson Of All For The Parent Of Teenagers

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.14.2016 | Fifty

Without question, I am the engine that runs my family. I am the organizer, the planner, the just-in-case-you-need-it-I’ve-packed-it person. If you f...

Helicopter Parents, Here's Proof That You Need To Stop Hovering

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.29.2016 | Fifty

Parents, there's a fine line between being supportive and being just a little too "hands-on." In fact, a new study says the latter could actually affe...

Why I Should Be In Jail And Other Things I Learned From The Tragedy At The Zoo

Mary Ann Ware | Posted 06.15.2016 | Parents
Mary Ann Ware

When I heard about the little boy who had fallen into the gorilla enclosure in Cincinnati, I was fascinated just like everyone else. Maybe it's because I recall the hazards of raising two quick, mischievous preschoolers of my own just a few years ago.

Failure to Launch: Are You Hindering Your Child's Development?

Brook Price | Posted 05.18.2016 | Parents
Brook Price

A family epidemic is sweeping our nation: failure to launch syndrome. This development -- or lack thereof -- is characterized by the inability of youn...

What's the Scoop on 'Helicopter Parenting'?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.17.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Although the term was originally used to refer to teens and college age kids, it can be referred to doing tasks of a child of any age when the child is capable of doing it alone. Toddlers and preschoolers for example may not learn to play alone because their parent is always hovering over them and playing alongside of them.

4 Parenting Tips That Are Music to Your Ears

Brook Price | Posted 04.24.2016 | Parents
Brook Price

Boundaries are crucial. If you don't teach your children boundaries by showing them that they exist, they won't know how to set their own boundaries when they grow up.

Overcoming the Failure to Launch Epidemic

Brook Price | Posted 04.18.2016 | Parents
Brook Price

As families move from a caregiving mindset to a caretaking one, failure to launch is becoming increasingly common.

Are Today's Parents Getting a Raw Deal?

Rhonda Stephens | Posted 04.20.2016 | Parents
Rhonda Stephens

Parents in the '70s defined their roles in a way we never have. I worry that our kids are leaving home with more intellectual ability than we did, but without the life skills that will give them the success and independence that we've enjoyed.

Want to Raise Successful Kids? A Former Stanford Dean Says Please Stop Doing This

Bill Murphy Jr. | Posted 03.17.2016 | Parents
Bill Murphy Jr.

If you say 'we' when you mean your son or your daughter -- as in, 'We're on the travel soccer team' -- it's a hint to yourself that you are intertwined in a way that is unhealthy.

The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Child Is To Make Them Do Chores. Seriously.

Quora | Posted 02.26.2016 | Parents

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

Stuck With the Kids on Valentine's Day? Do This.

Tamar Chansky | Posted 02.14.2016 | Parents
Tamar Chansky

How can you maintain some kind of connection when your circus of a family has set up tents in the middle of it? Then I remembered a story I'd been wanting to tell about that very question for a long time. It all started in a restaurant in upstate New York a few years ago.

Kids and Homework: Backing Off Is Best

Grete DeAngelo | Posted 02.11.2016 | Parents
Grete DeAngelo

A recent study has been released that says helicopter parenting, especially in schoolwork, might backfire when it comes to promoting student success.

The Drone Parent: A Helicopter Parent On Steriods

George Sachs, Psy.D. | Posted 02.08.2016 | Parents
George Sachs, Psy.D.

Google "helicopter parent." This is what you'll get: hel·i·cop·ter par·ent [noun] [informal] [plural noun: helicopter parents] Definition: A pare...

Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer

Matt Farmer | Posted 01.21.2016 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Pay attention, principals. If Monday's Edison vote goes the way I sensed back in November that it would, you may want to think twice before suspending a kid whose parent sits on your LSC.

Why It's So Hard To Let My Kids Fail

Ann Cinzar | Posted 01.18.2016 | Parents
Ann Cinzar

I try to hold back from helping with the science project, but it's right there, and a few little tweaks wouldn't hurt, would they?

Gutter Guards Are the Sign of Our Failure

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 01.04.2016 | Parents
Amy L. Freeman

Truly, they are. I know I submitted that phrase as my heading to this post, but I've retyped it as text, because I really mean it.

Who Is Shaping Notions of 'Right' Parent Involvement?

The Conversation US | Posted 12.21.2015 | Parents
The Conversation US

As parents, you are constantly walking on a thin line. If you don't show up at the school enough, it's assumed you don't care about your child's education; show up too much and you're a "helicopter parent" who suffocates your child and her/his teachers by your "overinvestment."

Yes, Helicopter Parenting Happens, Even At The Doctor's Office

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.20.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Part of raising a teenager is figuring when and how to let go of the reins so adolescents learn to make smart choices on their own....

Out of This Nettle...

Cynthia Kane | Posted 12.02.2015 | Parents
Cynthia Kane

Recent headlines and this season of increasing darkness magnify fears. And I find myself thinking about parenting in today's world. Specifically, how do we raise children and instill in them a sense of safety?

How to Raise a Resilient Child

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

No matter how closely parents try to manage their children's lives they can't possibly protect them from life's trials and tribulations. Indeed, parents shouldn't protect their children from those things. Parents should guide their children instead in how to effectively manage the challenges they'll face on their own.

The Value of Figuring It Out

Hope Perlman | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Hope Perlman

Helicopter Parent, Free Range Parent. These terms are so overused they're as thin as my cotton tee shirts have become. I consider myself on the continuum, somewhere between the extremes of ultra-permissive and overprotective. Somewhere sensible, somewhere kinda in the middle. You know, perfect.

What a Pre-Teen Taught Me About Rebounding From a Loss

Julie Halpert | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Julie Halpert

There's been much discussion recently of helicopter parents and concerns that they're stifling the ability of young people to weather disappointment. We fear this generation lacks resilience, the ability to rebound from even the smallest crisis.

Why Did I End Up Hovering Over All The Kids At A Party?

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 11.10.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

There is obviously a disparity between what you think 3-year-olds are capable of and what the other parents think kids this age can do. It would be useful to examine this, and think about whether you yourself were treated as less capable than you were by your parents, or if they gave you too much independence, making you resolve to be there for your own kids at all times.

Submarine Parents

Mary McLaurine | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents
Mary McLaurine

Thank you, sweet Mother Mary in Heaven above, for sending forth the Helicopter parent to remove every trace of Catholic mother guilt that has crippled me for years.

Setting Boundaries: Are You a Helicopter or Drone Parent?

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 10.15.2015 | Parents
Kimberly Cooper

Setting boundaries with our kids is a process. And we get to work at it with both imperfection and diligence. Regardless of where your parenting approach lies, seeking fellowship from other parents with similar goals -- especially those parents who are a little further along the parenting path is greatly beneficial