Helicopter Parenting: When Too Much Help Is No Help

It's a natural instinct to want to help your child. After all, that's what parents do: We protect and support our children until they are ready to go out on their own.

But these days some parents are defining "protect" and "support" a little differently than usual. (The definition of when kids are ready to be on their own has gotten fuzzy, too.)

What Is Helicopter Parenting?

Teachers, coaches, school administrators and others who work with children are seeing more and more parents who are very involved – often overly involved — in their children's lives. I think we have all seen or heard about parents who:

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