7. Bonded Parents
Children build better friendships when their parents know their friends. Knowing where your kids are, who they are with and what they are doing not only provides a safety net, it should establish trust on both sides. The key to this trust is to set rules and expectations as a family early and keep it consistent. A child who feels seen and heard will be more open about their choices. These bonds can also form a community. A network of involved parents helps kids thrive.
QUICK TIP: Don’t become a community of parental spies. Be upfront and open about who they can trust in your circle.
So, Is Helicopter Parenting Harmful?
So, if you’ve asked if helicopter parenting is harmful, the answer — like with most things in life — is yes and no. Too much can be a bad thing, but staying actively involved in your child’s life is good, and it requires a large amount of awareness and attention. The reward is kids and young adults who mature into caring, present and healthy people.
So don’t get hung up on the name. The trick is to consciously model for your kids the person you want them to be. While doing that, you’ll empower who they are.
FINAL QUICK TIP: Breathe. Parenting is not easy, but you got this. See there? We are already lifting all boats.
Is Helicopter Parenting Harmful? — Sources
Helicopter Parents and Landing Pad Kids: Intense Parental Support of Grown Children
The Myth of the Helicopter Parent – Indulgent parents of young adults may actually promote their development
Parents, Teens and Digital Monitoring
10 Things Helicopter Parents Are Doing Right
How ‘Helicopter Parenting’ May Be Helping Your Kids
When Is It OK To Be A Helicopter Parent?
The Helicopter Parent Revisited – And What Comes Next…