There is a fine line between being a concerned and supportive parent and being a helicopter parent.
I know that struggle to walk along that line, and I see so many caring parents trying to navigate it as well. Let’s face it: it’s really hard to see our kids in pain.
But it’s also hard to find the delicate balance of letting our children grow from learning difficult life lessons and being accountable for logical consequences while being aware that not only is it appropriate but necessary to intervene on behalf of our children if we sense that they are self-destructive, in danger or being treated unfairly or abusively by another.
Here are some questions that help me when I am wondering if I am being a helicopter parent or just being a parent.
- Who is upset in this situation: me or my child? You are outraged that your child…
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