Apparently they’re called “Helicopter Parents”. And apparently “Helicopter Parents” are a bigger problem than I was aware of.
They’re such a problem, in fact, that due to an influx of said “Helicopter Parents”, kids in Colorado Springs, CO will not be able to participate in the annual Easter Egg Hunt. IT’S CANCELLED! Why? Because of the “aggressive parents who swarmed into the tiny park last year, determined that their kids get an egg.” I’m not kidding.
Apparently, “Helicopter Parents” refuse to let their children fail at anything–including Easter Egg hunts. But it gets worse. Not only are these parents taking away fun activities from their kids, but they’re also taking away all of their chances to learn anything for themselves.
I have no problem with parents that take an interest in their kids’ lives–but come on! I don’t think kids should “win” at everything. Losing builds character. Making mistakes allows kids to learn. Trying things and not being afraid to try them gives kids opportunities. None of these things are possible with overprotective parents hovering around every turn.
I know this is pretty much what I talked about last Friday, but it deserves a second post. Hovering. Pfff.