Let me beak this down for you: a helicopter parent is a parent who pays extremely close attention to a child’s or children’s experiences and problems, particularly at educational institutions. In comparison, free-range parenting is the concept of raising children in the spirit of encouraging them to function independently in proper accordance of their age of development with a reasonable acceptance of realistic personal risks.
If that weren’t enough, there’s also lawnmower parenting. They take matters in their own hands before the ‘issue’ reaches their kids. Lawnmower parents rally ahead and clear the intended path for their child.
And if you want to be a good, normal, sane parent, you don’t want to be any of them. In fact, you might want to see yourself a little in the middle. You’ll be saving your children a lot of therapy sessions the earlier you realize that your overbearing tendencies might be doing more harm than good.
Here are the dangers of being an overprotective parent and why you might want to cool it a little before it’s too late.