Have you heard about this? I have come across this term quite recently and it somehow fascinated me to know and read more about it.
Helicopter parenting basically is a type of parenting that indicates extra involvement of over-focused parents regarding their children and their matters. It has been called so because, in helicopter parenting, the parents are always hovering over their kids similar to a helicopter. Parents who fear failure and the chances of their kids to not be able to flourish in life are more inclined towards this and can go an extra mile to even request the change of grades.
As they say, an excess of everything is bad. So is this kind of extra participation too. And hence the pros may be limited, but the cons are greater in a number of helicopter parenting.
1. It results in a child not being able to explore things or take opportunities and chances. Because the fear of unknown exists here and hence they lack problem-solving techniques which are essential at all levels of age.
2. Helicopter parents don’t let children make mistakes and hence no learning from them.
3. Since parents show extra involvement and attention in helicopter parenting, children to get dependant on them and not on their own for tough situations.
4. Though it is perceived to make your child closer to you by helicopter parenting, the opposite happens and a child tends to drift apart due to this over-protectiveness, constant focus and undivided attention. Everyone needs space after all.
5. Children that grow under the vigil of helicopter parents don’t know how to speak up for themselves and how to tackle situations on their own.
These might help you to identify if you fall in this category of parenting.