2. Helicopter Parents Are Involved Academically
Moms.com points out that from room parent to PTA president, helicopter parents are the eyes and ears of most schools. Actively participating in education is more than just checking grades. It’s volunteering, chaperoning, attending meetings, reading school newsletters and participating in events with children. Being on campus offers insight into how kids interact and whether they are making healthy choices.
It’s not just the stay-at-home parents that have this access. Many schools have opportunities and events that take place outside of school days.
QUICK TIP: As kids mature, look for ways to stay involved that don’t require as much “boots on the ground” effort. This will help them build independence with the security of knowing that a parent is still involved. Don’t step in if they don’t make the team or they get a bad grade. Empower them to own the ups and downs of growing up. This is their moment to take the tools they have and use them independently.
“All that hard work and hands-on attention was for a purpose, but clearing the air space so an adolescent can grow UP into an independent young adult takes even more courage, skill, and support for their parents than did all the years of necessary circling,” writes educator Jake Weld for All Kinds of Therapy.