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10 From GEM: 10 Subtle Signs That You Might Be A Helicopter Parent


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10 From GEM:
10 Subtle Signs That You Might Be A Helicopter Parent

If you’re familiar with Good Enough Mother, then you know that around here perfect parenting is overrated, not to mention utterly impossible. Of course, we all do more than we can physically and emotionally for our children and run ourselves ragged in the process. Most of us do at least a little helicopter parenting. You might not be the parent who emails your children’s teacher every day or the parent who cuts your 10-year-old’s pancakes, but there are other ways you might be flying over your kids and keeping them from growing. Read on for 10 subtle signs that you might be a helicopter parent.

3. You Know For Sure That You’re Not A Helicopter Parent

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You might have an image in your head of stereotypical helicopter parents and think you’re nothing like that. There are many forms of helicopter parenting, though, and just because you don’t fall into exaggerated examples doesn’t mean you’re not one. For example, if most parents you know are very involved in homework, you might think it’s perfectly normal for you to be doing the same. It is possible that you could be doing too much hovering over homework. As with anything in life, whenever you think you absolutely know something, you’re closing off an opportunity to learn and do something different.

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