She gave examples of several things that parents had done at her school that were deemed inappropriate for the particular age level. One was the parent that called their student on their cell phone during class to see how they were feeling (now that one I think is inappropriate at any age). Another parent called the teacher at home to give an excuse as to why their child’s homework would not be done the next day. Another parent insisted on walking their child to class. Now many of our Kindergarten parents walk their students to class, which can be age appropriate parenting. But if you still do that when your child is in fourth grade, you need to check and see if you’ve sprouted rotors. After the talk, my wife and I had a heart to heart about what we were doing, and whether it was appropriate. We did find a couple of areas where we needed to back off and let go a bit more.
Okay, now for the rest of the story. The teacher was a Professor of Psychology, and the school was
So how do you judge whether or not you are being a Helicopter Parent? First of all, every child is different. Some are more capable of functioning on their own than others. Given that, look at these three tests to see if you pass.