Home > Mom's Life > Mom's Corner > Being a Good Mom > Your Parenting Style: Are You An Extreme Parent?
|

Your Parenting Style: Are You An Extreme Parent?

Helicopter parenting is also known as hyper-parenting or overparenting. Helicopter parents rarely let their children out of sight, but unlike attachment parenting, it isn't to form a strong bond with their child, it's an attempt to prevent any challenges or obstacles in their child's life that they can foresee, therefore "preserving" their childhood.

For example, an extreme helicopter parent might take down a swing set because her child might fall off it and skin a knee. The parent is "foreseeing" a skinned knee and is therefore preventing it by removing the source.

Pros
In order to prevent anything bad from happening, helicopter parents spend almost all their time with their child. Proponents argue that spending so much time together allows mother and child to bond and form a close relationship. By having such a close relationship, the parents can then be involved in every aspect of their child's life, therefore always knowing that he is safe.

Cons
Many opponents look at it as an extreme form of overprotectiveness. Helicopter parenting is often criticized for being fear-based, and not allowing children to think or act for themselves, resulting in the child losing his sense of independence. Some opponents also believe helicopter parenting can result in the child rebelling down the road.



|


highlights

Teens and E-Cigarettes: 6 Things You Must Know
For the first time in a generation, tobacco use has risen among the nation's youth, due to the rising use of e-cigarettes. Learn more about the dangerous and addictive e-cigarette trend, and get tips to talk to your teen.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, brought to you by Galactic Hot Dogs.

Printable Lists of the Top 100 Baby Names
Need help with baby name ideas? Use our printable list of the top 100 girl names and top 100 boy names of 2015 to help you brainstorm and narrow down your favorites.

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Wondering what to do now that you've signed your child up for kindergarten? Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks