LANDING THE HELICOPTER. Haven’t we all had a helicopter moment? Perhaps it was a note to a teacher, protesting a grade or a call to a coach, insisting our teenager get to play in next week’s game. Maybe it was helping too much with an English paper or wrangling an invitation to a party. Whatever the reason, we stepped in and did for our teenager what they could have handled on their own. Read more.
EXPERT ADVICE. Why do we helicopter? Because we love our teenagers and, at times, we’re afraid for them. But, says Deborah Gilboa, MD a.k.a. Dr. G, a Pittsburgh-area physician who also dispenses parenting advice on HuffPost Parents and Twitter, we need to get over that. Letting our teenagers stumble is just what they need. Read more.
TEEN 1. “Buzzz Buzzz,” you look around, expecting to find a swarm of bees, but find your mother looking over your shoulder at your computer screen. While parents should set limits, sometimes the limits seem out of proportion. When parents allow their children to have a Facebook or Twitter account, it feels like too much when they demand the password. Read more.
TEEN 2. My parents displayed “helicopter” parenting tactics as I grew up. In fourth and sixth grade, I would put off English assignments until the night before they were due. My parents would help, and I would get a good grade, even though I barely did any of the work. Because of that pattern, I still procrastinate until the last minute. Read more.
TOP 13 HELICOPTER MOMENTS. We polled parents to bring the Top 13 moments when our helicopter blades were whirling. While some may make you giggle or gasp, others may sound, well, uncomfortably familiar . . . proof positive of how difficult this can all be. Read more.
TIGER PARENTING: THE FLIP SIDE OF THE HELICOPTER COIN?
Thanks to Amy Chua’s bestselling Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, we now have yet another parenting moniker at our disposal: tiger mom. Read more.