Don’t fool yourself into thinking you’re not one, because you probably are.
First off, I have to figure out: WTF is a helicopter parent? I mean, when I think helicopter? I think about that scene in Raiders of the Lost Arc. Where the bad guy gets chopped up by the propeller blades? Okay. That was maybe an airplane.
anyone who schedules Mandarin classes for their 5-year-old and dutifully shuttles them off every Saturday morning for theater-to-express-yourself classes.
Do you not allow your children to watch television? Do you allow them any time on the Internet unsupervised? Are you keeping very close track of what they eat? Do you get a little too involved in homework? Do you barely ever hire baby sitters at night?
Yo! I barely hire babysitters at night. Why? Because I'm broke. Guess that makes me helicopter. So, turns out Madeline Levine wrote a book about this: Teach Your Children Well and I'm thinking maybe I better read it to find out more about what I'm doing wrong, but then I skip down to the bottom of the article and point seven is:
7. This conversation is boring. In the little echo chamber of media, we have heard enough about bourgeois parents overparenting their kids to last 13 lifetimes.