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Helicopter Parent

We’ve all heard that term before.
We know what it means. We see it frequently. In others… Right?

Maybe it’s because I have daughters. Maybe because what I do for a living is help people avoid making mistakes. Maybe these are just excuses I’m telling myself.

But sometimes I believe I “over” parent.

Just saying the word “overprotective” makes me cringe a little because I never wanted to shelter or hold back my kids from learning important life lessons.

Yet, when I see my kids doings something wrong or heading towards failure, I instinctively correct them. I change their course. I helped them avoid failure.

It could be how and where they ride their bikes. How they interact with friends. Prepare a snack. What they wear to school. What they take to school. The list goes on and on and on.

I feel like I’m always in this state of correcting them.

Have I taken it too far?

When do we as parents cross the line to helicopter status?

I know my role as parent is to teach them, guide them, and correct them. But I also know that part of teaching is letting them fail so they can learn and grow from it.

How do we choose when and where we allow them to fail?

I aim to be aware of this going forward. To hopefully catch myself before I “overprotect” them.

I’d love to hear what others think about this.

As always, thanks for reading and sharing.

Mike and Girls with Impact ClubMike Turner

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