You just brought your kid’s forgotten lunch to school. Again. Is that helping or helicoptering?
You know overparenting when you see it— in other people. Sometimes it’s harder to gauge in yourself.
As moms go, Margaret tends toward the laissez-faire, and Amy towards the shall-we-say particularly attentive. In this episode we tease out
- our own worst bad calls on this topic
- the best question to ask yourself when you’re not sure if you’re hovering or just helping
- why you need to start letting your kids fail now
When in doubt, let your children be more miserable.
Here’s a few of the books and articles we mention in this episode:
Little Failure– hilarious and mega-prizewinning memoir by Gary Shteyngart- what happens to a guy whose parents never, EVER told him he was special. In this case, he becomes a genius and prize-winning author. So there you go.
When Parents Are Too Connected (Toronto Star)
photo courtesy of Principal Steve Straessle of the Catholic High School for Boys, Little Rock, AR: Principal’s Problem-Solving Rule for Parents Goes Viral