Characteristics of a helicopter mom


A woman holding a baby

Hovering helicopter parents are often described as being over-involved in their children’s lives. A mother or father may be a hovering helicopter parent if any of these descriptions apply to them…

They’re micromanagers

They closely oversee all aspects of their child’s life, from school projects to extracurricular activities. And they don’t hesitate to jump in and manage things for their child when they feel their child isn’t capable or up to the task.

They’re worriers

Helicopter parents are often nervous about the possibility that something might “happen” to their children if they aren’t around, hovering over them constantly to make sure they’re safe.

Nervous about the possibility

Helicopter parents are often nervous about the possibility that something might “happen” to their children if they aren’t around, hovering over them constantly to make sure they’re safe. They believe in the value of participation trophies. They think it’s important for kids to get a trophy or ribbon just for showing up, even if they come in last place.

Prevent their children from experiencing failure

They think it’s important for kids to get a trophy or ribbon just for showing up, even if they come in last place. They’re not okay with their kids making mistakes. Helicopter parents take pains to prevent their children from experiencing failure in any form, and they frequently step in when their children make the tiniest mistake.

Helicopter parents take pains to prevent their children from experiencing failure in any form, and they frequently step in when their children make the tiniest mistake. They want to know where their kids are at all times. This is often called being a “helicopter mom” or “helicopter dad.” Parents like this hover over their children, looking to make sure they’re safe at all times.

Micromanage their kids’ lives

Helicopter parents carefully oversee every aspect of their child’s life. They like to be involved in everything that happens, and they frequently step in when things don’t go according to plan. Is there a bandwagon fallacy? Helicopter parents jump on it.

Over-involved in their children’s lives

They’re over-involved in their children’s lives. Helicopter parents are often described as being over-involved in their children’s lives. A mother or father may be a hovering helicopter parent if any of these descriptions apply to them: They micromanage their kids’ lives. They want to know where their kids are at all times. They’re over-involved in their children’s lives.

They lack perspective As a result, they inappropriately rush to their children’s defense when they think the kids might be under attack or criticized. Helicopter parents take criticism of their child very personally and don’t hesitate to rush to their child’s defense when they feel the child is under attack.

They don’t trust others to care for their kids. They often want to know where their children are, what they’re doing, and who they’re with. Many helicopter parents even follow their kids’ activities on social media.

Conclusion

They can’t distinguish between problems and non-problems. They don’t give their kids space to grow. Because of this, some believe helicopter parenting stunts the emotional growth of children.

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