The Benefits of Helicopter Parenting

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As termed from an encyclopedia article on parenting, helicopter parenting is an expression used in the media to express contempt or disapproval of parents. Helicopter parents simply watch over, or hover over their children and lead them from a better view to give advice. Helicopter parenting is not what it is depicted as; it is a style of parenting that creates a bond between parent and child that in most cases is beneficial in economic, social, and academic aspects of the child’s life. In this day and age, the media labels overbearing parents as helicopter parents, and the label itself has taken on a negative light due to the guilt by association. The ‘popular’ definition of helicopter parenting come from the ‘extreme’ cases (Jayson …show more content…
In short, the Blackhawks in the news make up a very small percentage of helicopter parents and are sometimes not even helicopters; the news stories usually result from overparenting not helicoptering, but the stories that do not make it on the news are the true helicopter parents. They help their child transition by becoming a friend. The bond that is created from helicopter parenting in a majority of families is one of friendship causing mutual growth and benefit. Helicopter parents are changing the role of primary caregiver into something bigger. They are becoming the ‘Friendly Parent,’ (Jackson 67). This expanded role is being looked down on irrationally, yet it is actually helping. Helicoptering is looked at as abnormal, but maybe it is the real normal. Before kids went off to college in the big city alone, there were small tightly connected towns and families. So the lengthened strength of ‘family bonds’ from helicoptering is a return to old traditions, at the same time it is being changed by the needs of the time (Jackson 67). Helicopter parents practice a style of ‘authoritative’ parenting, not to be confused with ‘authoritarian,’ authoritative promotes talking ideas and concepts
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