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Helicopter Parents – How to Stop Hovering

We have all heard the term, “helicopter parent,” but few of us will admit to being one. Why? Simply, because we don’t want to believe that we hover over our children, swooping in to rescue them whenever we see trouble ahead. Instead, we justify our behavior by declaring, “Isn’t it a parent’s right to want the best for our children?” Of course it is, and we shouldn’t have to feel guilty about it. But sometimes, we need to step back and re-evaluate our parent-child relationship within a new framework. As our children grow, so must we. So, how can we be helpful during the teen years without taking over?