Who Can Be a Helicopter Parent?
The term most often refers to parents of high school or college students who take it upon themselves to pursue the responsibilities that should ideally be taken up by the children themselves.
For example, calling a professor about poor grades, arranging a class routine, controlling exercising habits. In toddlerhood, a helicopter parent might continually direct their child’s behavior and allowing them to have no alone time. They dictate every situation rather than advising and guiding them through a discussion.
When children are growing up and coming of age, their opinions are developing and are becoming individuals with a distinct personality. Parents should refrain from treating them as kids even if they are not grown up enough to have opinions of their own or are incapable of being responsible for themselves. They are individuals expecting to be respected and justifiably so. They might be far from being independent and mature, but surely on their way to becoming one soon.
Hence, parents should be a constant support for their children and give them the assurance that they are readily accessible whenever needed. Being domineering killcan kill their individuality, and can have other adverse long term effects. It makes children lack self-confidence, stunting their emotional and psychological growth.
In elementary school, helicopter parenting can be expressed through a parent ensuring a child has a specific teacher or coach, choosing his/her friends and co-curricular activities, or being overbearing with assistance for homework and school projects.