It’s become a term of derision meaning a suffocating, cloying, parent who doesn’t give their children space to grow on their own.
It need not be so.
The key to being a good helicopter parent is stealth…being close enough to observe, but not close enough to be noticed.
You can go ahead and call me “Chopper” because that’s my style of parenting.
I try to always be present, never in the way.
I stay far enough away to create an illusion of freedom, close enough to be there immediately in case of emergency.
Trey’s passion is skateboarding.
Skateboarding is dangerous.
The very act of participation puts the skater at risk.
The concrete surface of the park is unforgiving, the risk of being broken is ever present.
The other inhabitants of the park can be dangerous as well.
Some are not there for the sport, but for less than positive reasons.
They will try to influence a child away from what they’ve been taught to destructive practices.
Trey is never at the park alone.
You will probably not see me, but be assured that I’m there.
Ready to act if he should fall or should someone threaten him.
I do not jump at every fall or every confrontation.
There are things that he has been taught already that he needs to learn to put into practice.
I usually wait until he calls for me before I respond.
He sometimes thinks he wants to go alone.
You know where I’m going…
This world is a dangerous place.
Participating in it is always a risk and no one gets out without being broken.
Your Father is here.
Ready to act on your behalf.
You are never alone.
You may not be able to see Him, but be assured he is present.
He doesn’t act at every threat or fall…there are some things He’s already told you that you need to believe and practice.
He may be waiting for you to call…He’s always close enough to hear.
You’re the one who wanted to go alone…
He’s the ultimate helicopter parent.
Make your own application…