Protective parenting is a given in the 21st century; things just aren’t the same as they were when we were growing up. The bad guy is always on the horizon, the candy may be poisoned, and television is the devil. It’s right to be protective in today’s society, but when do you go from being protective to being a helicopter parent? There are some sure fire signs that you are reaching helicopter status; here are a few:
- If you never let your child fall, then you may be a helicopter parent. It’s understandable when they are toddlers, but when they start riding a bicycle and you have to be there to catch them, it may be going a little overboard. Failing is one of the most important methods of learning in life.
- If you find yourself contemplating buying your kindergartner a cell phone so that you can keep in contact while she is away, it’s a sure sign that you are hovering to the extreme.
- While it’s okay to text your middle school and high school children, doing so more than twice a day may suggest that you have a problem.
- If you follow your college age child to school and ask the dean who is going to wash her clothes, your protectiveness has reached an entirely new level.
If you are looking to break out of your helicopter parenting ways, you can take some tips from Una Mamarche in: “Rise Of The Tigger Mom: A Hovering Parent Goes Free-Range.”