There's being a caring mom and then there's being an over-bearing helicopter parent... I'll give you the Reader's digest version :
Last year DD invites a little friend to her Bday party. I did it in a cooking school, there was a cupcake workshop. The mom owns a daycare and asks me if she can stick around a while to get some ideas for her daycare I said Ok. She stayed the WHOLE time. She gave me a hand in some situations and was nice enough but I thought that was kind of odd. (it was my DD's 9th birthday)
This year was the big 1-0 for DD so I rented a private room in a restaurant, served lunch and had a DJ there to do a dance party. Of course the mom asks me again, I tell her she's welcome to eat with us, however, I am paying for the kids only. When they get there, she spent at least 1/2 hour in the room with us, and said her and her husand decided that they'll eat at the restaurant too, so they took the booth right outside the private room. (sigh of relief)
But does she not pop in and out periodically to come and see her daughter, she even came in and cut her food ! This is when I lost it. @*&^%$ woman leave your kid BE !!!!! Let her have fun !! Don't embarass her in front of all the other kids !! She hung around the restaurant for a least 2 hours then I guess her husband finally dragged her away.