Putting the landing gear on helicopter parents

Are you a cheerleader or a coach? When our children are little, we are their cheerleaders, praising them for their efforts to learn new skills and to try again when they don't succeed the first time....more

1979

I really want to apologize to my kids. I fucked up and completely miscalculated. Not a big surprise, knowing how much I suck at math and science. I totally meant to raise them in 1979, not 2015. When I thought about having kids, I thought about them growing up riding their bikes without a helmet, playing kickball or hide and seek, whenever and wherever, without fear of someone texting and driving or having an opinion about them not wearing a helmet and having a bottle of water within arm's reach....more

Are You Ready to Sleep Train Your Baby?

There are days when I feel like I got this motherhood thing down. Like, I really got it down. On those days, I feel like nothing can stop me from conquering everything on my to-do list. Laundry? Check. Grading? Check. Lesson plans? Check. Grocery shopping? Check. Do some writing? Check. Dinner cooked? Check. Most importantly, keeping my kid happy and fed? Check and check! ...more

Letting The Helicopter Go

Remember when you were a kid, and you would go outside at 9AM, play at the creek, collect crawdads, dig holes, ride your bike to the furthest park in your neighborhood — without a helmet — run into your friend’s house for a quick bite for lunch, roll down a few hills, play tag, stomp through mud and make a little grave for the dead bird you found — only to return home at 5PM just in time for dinner, smelling like dirt, sunshine and creek water?Remember that? Or something like it?...more

I Would Rather He Break His Arm: Helicopter Parenting in America

Helicopter MomThe Urban Dictionary defines a "Helicopter Mom" as:...more

What Django Taught Me About Motherhood

I really loved the movie Django!  I'm not a mom but I can see how you would connect to that ...more

Is it Our Bad Parenting or Our Bad Behavior?

This week, I saw yet another piece online about the evils of helicopter parenting. The gist was something along the lines of how if you know where your kids are at all times it’s a bad thing. Of course, I couldn’t resist a rant....more

American Moms are Not Female Dogs

Disclaimer: I strongly believe that the author of the New York Magazine article, ‘Sit. Stay. Good Mom!,’ inadvertently mischaracterizes the philosophies of the Resources for Infant Educarers foundation as well as its founder, Magda Gerber. If you’d like information about RIE, please visit Educarers. ...more

Bubble-Wrapped Kids? You bet!

 There is a lot of debate in the blogosphere about Helicopter Parenting and Bubble-Wrapped or Cotton-Wool Kids. I make no apologies for protecting my children. They say crime is down. Maybe per capita it is overall down. Maybe there are less arrests or convictions or whatever. Or maybe there is less shoplifting and littering and other non-violent crimes. Or maybe ’they’ are wrong....more

Man the Mommycopter!

Before I had a kid – you know, back when I knew everything about parenting – I knew that I did not want to be a helicopter parent. And I was confident I wouldn’t be, because I knew it was wrong and crazy and not my style and that parenting was about neatly executing all that you know to be true and good TA DA!...more