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Is the term "helicopter parent" supposed to be an insult? **edit**

Posted by on Nov. 26, 2011 at 10:23 AM
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I see it thrown at moms like a dagger, especially here.


I am what the world of CM would consider a helicopter mom, I guess. It's for the well-being of my DD, so it's not a bad thing. Do I want to be...no, not really, but then I wouldn't be a good mom.



Okay, this post was revived after nearly 3 months! Let me clarify...I meant if I'm not a helicopter mom to MY Dd, I'm not being a good mom to HER. She is special needs, and without going into detail or this could get very long, I wish I didn't have to be, but I do. So I don't see it as a bad thing.

In no way do I think mothers, who don't have to helicopter, are not good parents; in fact, I'm a bit jealous of them.
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laurenanne0110
by on Nov. 26, 2011 at 10:25 AM
I'm a helicopter parent too
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rockinmomto2
by on Nov. 26, 2011 at 10:25 AM
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I think that helicopter parenting is detrimental to the development of children. I am a GREAT mom and I am not a helicopter parent. I don't fuss over every boo boo, and I give them their independence. I comfort my kids when they need it, and cuddle them when they want it. But I do not hover.

Mandymb
by on Nov. 26, 2011 at 10:25 AM
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what in the world is a helicopter mom??
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arkansasmama08
by on Nov. 26, 2011 at 10:26 AM
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Yep, I agree. Theres nothing wrong with knowing where your kid is, what their doing, and being there to supervise and guide them :)
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T-HoneyLuv
by on Nov. 26, 2011 at 10:26 AM
I was wondering the same thing!! LOL.


Quoting Mandymb:

what in the world is a helicopter mom??

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.shank.
by on Nov. 26, 2011 at 10:26 AM
I don't think it's intended as a compliment.
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spunky946
by Platinum Member on Nov. 26, 2011 at 10:26 AM
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I think that a lot of people on here view being a helicopter parent as potentially stunting the emotional and maturity if your children as the get older. Never letting your child be independent IMO is harmful.
momma2b2008
by on Nov. 26, 2011 at 10:26 AM
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I think it is. I honstly don't understand why parents feel the need to hoover over their children. Kids need to learn consequences and thats something they will never learn with their parents hovering over them!
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momma2b2008
by on Nov. 26, 2011 at 10:28 AM
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That's not a hilocopter parent, that's a responsible parent!

Quoting arkansasmama08:

Yep, I agree. Theres nothing wrong with knowing where your kid is, what their doing, and being there to supervise and guide them :)
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Sheryllinn
by on Nov. 26, 2011 at 10:28 AM
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The issue is that there is a fine line between caring for your children and under exposing your children to making mistakes and learning from them. We as mothers have to know when to cuddle and care ...and when to let them learn on thier own with minimal guidance. 

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