Helicopter parents: It’s the moniker assigned to the obsessively protective parents who “hover” around their children and teens.
You can find them at the playground, ready to swoop in at the first sign of ‘trouble’ – some even play an unwanted role in their child’s post secondary education and work experience.
Are you a Helicopter Parent?
While it may seem harmless to overstep, Julie Lythcott-Haims, a former Stanford University dean, warns about the dangers of so-called helicopter parenting.
The New York Times bestselling author wrote a book on the subject called How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success.
“We are so afraid of parenting wrong that we overdo it to try to get it right,” she said in a recent article published in The Parents League Review.
“With loving intentions, we overprotect, overdirect, and hand-hold our kids – to their detriment as well as ours.”
On Tuesday, April 19, Southridge School in South Surrey will host Lythcott-Haims, as part of its Annual Speaker Series.
The co-ed independent school for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 hosts the series, once or twice per year, bringing in renowned experts, authors, or psychologists to share valuable insights in to a specific aspect of parenting.
“This extends beyond the walls of our School; we want to support parents and families throughout our community,” said Erin Labbé, Director of Communications and Marketing for Southridge School.
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“That’s why, we’re proud to offer the Series to the general public. We want to invite people into Southridge to share in a learning opportunity with other parents — to gain something valuable as they navigate the challenges of raising their own kids.”
As a mom of two young girls, 4 and 6, I’ll admit I have done my fair share of helicopter parenting.
In fact, I’m not really sure how to avoid it, which is why I’m looking forward to finding out what Lythcott-Haims has to say on the subject. The last person I want to be is that mom who has to hold their child’s hand at a job interview.
Tickets to the event are $10. To purchase tickets or for more information about Southridge, call 604-535-5056 or register through the link: www.southridge.bc.ca/speakerseries. Southridge is located at 2656 160th Street in South Surrey, B.C.
VM is thrilled to partner with Southridge to give away a signed copy of ‘How to Raise an Adult’ and one pair of tickets for the event on April 19th to 4 lucky fans. To enter, simply tell us below what is one thing you do that helps give your kids independence and confidence?.
We will draw the names and announce on our Facebook page April 14th. You must be 18+ to enter. Good luck!
CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Congrats to: Jasmine, Tracy F, Michelle & Lincoln.
Southridge develops well-rounded students with a deep sense of personal integrity who have the moral character, love of learning and self-confidence to realize their full potential in a post-secondary environment and in society at large.
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