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Helicopter Parenting

Why Choppers Are For Emergencies (Not Hovering Over the Kids)

Christina Larmer | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Christina Larmer

Here I was thinking they'd call the Department of Child Protection and report me for bad parenting. Turns out, it's gold medals all round.

'Helicopter Parenting' Hysteria

Alfie Kohn | Posted 09.04.2014 | Parents
Alfie Kohn

A steady stream of articles and blog posts bristle with indignation over dads who phone the dean about a trivial problem or moms who are too involved with junior's love life. But how common are such incidents, really? And how damaging are the effects of helicopter parenting (HP) when it does occur?

In Defense of Helicopter Parenting

Julie M Green | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Julie M Green

I never set out to become a poster girl for helicopter parenting. In fact, I despise the term, and would much rather be called a protective parent. Somewhere along the line, though, cautious parents like me became misunderstood, even maligned, in the media.

Confessions of a (Reformed) Helicopter Mom

Christine French Cully | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

Last weekend, my husband and I were totally flummoxed by a robin who crashed into our dining room window over and over again. We were desperate to hel...

Why I Travel Without My Kids

Kiri Westby | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Kiri Westby

Why isn't it OK to jump off and explore the world without my family? Why did I feel like I was abandoning my post? My partner leaves once or twice a year, for a week or two, and no one even remarks on it. It's culturally acceptable for him to leave.

7 Things You Should Never Ever Do For Your Older Kids

Shelley Emling | Posted 08.05.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

Although it's not always easy to walk away when your doe-eyed child is pleading with you to do something for him or her, helicopter parenting is just not a good thing. You may not want to see your kid fail. But adversity is part of life and the only way to teach our children coping skills is to make them do things for themselves.

College Students and Their Helicopter Parents: a Recipe for Stress

Karl Gude | Posted 06.08.2014 | Parents
Karl Gude

The reality is that life unfolds at its own pace and in its own way based on factors a person can control and many that they can't.

The Blessings Of A Botched Piano Recital

Brain, Child | Posted 05.04.2014 | Parents
Brain, Child

I feel confident that given the chance, Sam will make it through many of life's songs, no matter how many do-overs and false starts he has to endure along the way. I wish that same confidence for my other three children. I wish it for all of us.

Why the Millennials' Parents Will Continue to Stay Involved in Their Kids Lives at Work... and Why That's a Good Thing

Haydn Shaw | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Haydn Shaw

We can deal with generational differences more effectively if we understand that Millennials are the product of the most educated parents in history. I get it; helicopter parents need to come down to earth. But get this, we involved parents are not going away.

Why Tech and Baby Monitoring Shouldn't Mix

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

You'd think that as a mom and pediatrician I'd be happy about the idea of continuous monitoring and continuous reassurance. But I'm not.

Why You Should Go to "Take Your Parents to Work Day"

Haydn Shaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Haydn Shaw

So should you go or will that make you look like the emotionally stunted "helicopter parent"? Or if you are the employee, should you ask your parents or will that make you look like you need to grow up?

The Pitfalls of Helicopter Parenting

Caren Chesler | Posted 12.29.2013 | Parents
Caren Chesler

Oh boy, I thought. Talk about helicopter parenting. It was cringe-inducing to watch. There are a lot of reasons why parents shouldn't intervene. Aside from not allowing our children to develop their own coping skills, we don't always know what's going on with the situation at hand.

Lisa Belkin

The Only Parenting 'Philosophy' You Really Need

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 10.04.2013 | Parents

My two boys are standing at the top of a hill at the edge of our dead end street. Each has a scooter, and a helmet, and an eye on the slope stretched ...

Lisa Belkin

Losing My Parenting Superpowers

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.09.2013 | Parents

My parenting superpower -- c’mon, we all have them -- is finding things. It began as a sixth sense for one particular thing -- Puff, the stuffed...

Comin' In for a Landing: One Helicopter Mom's Challenge to Cut Her Engine and End Her Hovering Ways

Jennifer Breheny Wallace | Posted 10.05.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Breheny Wallace

My 7-year-old son and I had a fun but tiring summer last year, a three-month push and pull between his desire to grow up and my desire to keep him safe. I vowed to make this summer a summer of more freedom for both of us, and enlisted the help of Lenore Skenazy.

Helicopter Parenting Can Ruin Your Child's Chances of Getting a Job

Sara Sutton Fell | Posted 09.15.2013 | Parents
Sara Sutton Fell

As a mom of two young boys, I certainly understand the desire to want to protect your children. After all, who wants to see their child struggle and suffer? But the reality is that children need to experience failure in their lives.

What Parents Should Stop Telling Their Children

Tira Harpaz | Posted 06.25.2013 | Fifty
Tira Harpaz

I don't think we are doing ourselves or our children a particular service by claiming they are all amazing.

Let the Children Fight

Sara Lind | Posted 05.05.2013 | Parents
Sara Lind

Despite my personal belief that it's better to let the kids have a chance to work it out, I've done my fair share of stepping in. Because I'm just too afraid of getting The Look.

Student Career Responsibility

Geoff Falen | Posted 05.05.2013 | College
Geoff Falen

Nobody disputes the value of parental wisdom, advice and support, but at a certain point, you've got to take responsibility for your future. Mom and Dad aren't doing you any favors if they're the ones jumping in and running point for your career exploration.

Study Says Turbo Parents Can Depress Their College-aged Kids

Reuters | Posted 04.15.2013 | Healthy Living

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Turbo-charged parents still running their university-aged children's schedules, laundr...

Why You're Never Failing As A Mother

Amy Morrison | Posted 02.12.2013 | Parents
Amy Morrison

We live in a time when we can Google everything, share ideas and expose our children to amazing opportunities, but anyone that implies that they have it figured out is either drunk or lying (or both), so don't be too hard on yourself.

Dad Builds Drone To Follow Son To Bus Stop

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.05.2012 | Parents

Paul Wallich's ingenuity is no joke, but feel free to insert your own helicopter-parent joke here: The Vermont dad built a camera-mounted drone helico...

Helicopter Parenting Is Not Helping Your Child, From Dr. Gail Saltz (WATCH)

Posted 08.15.2013 | MarloThomas

To build resilience and frustration-tolerance, kids need to fail. Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz spoke about why being a helicopter parent can actually h...

Adult Kids Say the Darndest Things (On Twitter)

The GypsyNesters | Posted 12.18.2012 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

A treasury of tweets that every parent of an adult kid will love!

9 Things We Wish We'd Known Before We Sent Our Kid To College

The GypsyNesters | Posted 12.03.2012 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

With autumn upon us, many new empty nesters have sent a fledgling off to college for the first time. Here are some DOs and DON'Ts on how to get through that first semester without losing your mind.