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Is there anyone willing to let me interview them on their views about helicopter parenting?

I need to interview someone who would consider themselves a helicopter parent for my trend analysis paper. I am a college student and full time mom of two. I have my own hovering tendencies with my children but I can not interview myself. The questions I have are listed below:

1- What gives you the urge to intervene in the decision of your children?
2- Some people say that Helicopter parenting can cause your child to loose their ability to be independent. Do you feel this way? Why or Why not?
3- What factors play a role in you decision to be an over protective parent? (EX: Increase in crime rates against children)
4- How do your children feel about the issue?
5- What are some of the pro and cons from your point of view?
6- How many children do you have and what are their ages?

This information will really help me write my paper. Thanks for your time.

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Asked by ctownsend at 2:06 PM on Mar. 19, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • My inlaws are helicopter parents...they don't realize it tho. I wish I could help, sorry.

    Answer by momjoy1027 at 2:09 PM on Mar. 19, 2009

  • Ive never heard of this! hmm.... i dont know if i am one or not... *off to research helicopter parenting*

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 2:31 PM on Mar. 19, 2009

  • I have 6 and yes, I'm over protective, for good reason. :)

    Answer by annjordan at 2:42 PM on Mar. 19, 2009

  • My kids are still young and I hover to observe how they handle situations. If they need help then I'll step in and guide then to talk in a more appropriate tone or point out how the other is feeling.
    I don't feel it can cause them to loose their independance. It most definately can if they are babied. I feel that it can help your child learn to react and handle situations. However if you are making your kids own decisions instead of helping them and guiding them through sure they can become dependant on you. I think it depends on how loosley you define the term helicopter parenting.
    I just want the best for my kids and if that means teaching them how to handle situations.
    I've never asked my kids how they feel about it, but when they have something they are upset about they know how to talk to me. My son often tells me he is mad at me for this or that. I'd rather him tell me than having a fit and having to calm

    Answer by AmandaH321 at 2:54 PM on Mar. 19, 2009

  • Nope I'm not a helicopter parent... I want my boys to learn from their mistakes... And I want them to be independent thinkers and know how to use their minds...I could say so much more on this subject but there's not enough space here...

    Answer by 4x4mum at 2:56 PM on Mar. 19, 2009

  • Him down and then get him to tell me what the problem is.
    I've pretty much described how I feel about the pro's and con's.
    I have 3 kids, my son is almost 5, DD is 3 going on 20! and my baby will be one next month.
    If you have more questions you can pm me and ask away. I had never really heard the term helicopter parenting till reading your question and read up a bit on line about it.

    Answer by AmandaH321 at 2:57 PM on Mar. 19, 2009

  • Never heard of helicopter parenting, so not sure if I can help you out. I will research this though.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 3:50 PM on Mar. 19, 2009

  • Ok, I am NOT a helicopter parent. But I am veru involved in my son's education and will fight when I think he is not being treated fairly or appropriately. I let my son make and learn from his mistakes, but I do know people who are overprotective of their kids.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 3:58 PM on Mar. 19, 2009

  • Thank you for all of your input. I was very surprised at how many hot I got so quick. I have gathered some very useful info. Again, Thanks for your input.

    Answer by ctownsend at 9:01 AM on Mar. 20, 2009

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