Before blowing your top about helicopter parents, read this piece. I have to admit, I don’t always consider how we deem parents ‘hoverers’, we just assume that it’s overparenting. This article really puts it into perspective.
Wow! This article offers a sense of community within the educational profession. I found the ideas and explanations not only effective when it comes to understanding the ordeal, but ideal for feeling a sense that we’re not alone.
Parents don’t always understand what helicopter means, and certainly may have difficulty identifying the traits in themselves. This video makes it clear, speaking to moms and dads – instead of teachers. From an educational standpoint, this video is an excellent resource to include in a class newsletter or email.
What this video does extremely well is stressing what a helicopter parent is. All too often we think of helicopter parents as a singular type of style. This isn’t always so. The video not only describes what to look for, but does an excellent job outlining how this type of parenting impacts the student. Including a school-wide approach (and not just focusing on dealing with case after case) offers a slightly different – more globally effective – way of dealing with the situation.
This piece provides real advice for real teachers. It’s simple, straightforward and sets a fix that is realistic for most classrooms. Even though only one section actually features the ‘helicopter’ parent, I can see how some of the others (especially the demander, best friend and know-it-all) translates into helping helicopters as well.
I love the three-step approach in this article. Instead of just telling teachers to cut ties or push back helicopter parents, the piece stresses healthy boundaries and appropriate involvement. I can see how this gives teachers the fuel needed to keep parents from hovering, while still stressing engagement.