Thursday, May 24, 2012

Update on helicopter parenting

So I took my question to the experts: my three sons.

First I told them what I was blogging about which led to the question: "what does helicopter parent mean?" I explained about the hovering and the worrying and the extra help etc... I even used some examples of things I've done and stacked the odds against me as I asked, "so do you think I'm a helicopter parent?"

Without missing a beat I got a unanimous "no!" for all three boys and then both twins piped up, one after the other, "I wish you were a helicopter parent."

I asked why and my sons, who will be referred to as Larry, Curly and Moe on this blog from now on, had adorable responses.

Curly piped up first, "because it sounds a lot easier than how you are."

Larry quickly jumped in with, "then you would do my homework right?"

Moe stared blankly and lost interest.

Then we discussed the crying comment the teacher had made and I asked if they feel they get away with stuff when they cry. I didn't really expect honesty here but I was pleasantly surprised. All 3 boys explained to me in their own way that the rule is if you cry you go to your room til you calm down. One added that you had to go even if you were crying for real.

Cue me beaming with pride.

It was a fun discussion. I didn't end up talking to the teacher, I went in the next day to do it and she welcomed me in to the class and gave me a present. Soooo, that made it awkward and I didn't say anything. Oh well, it was the end of the year anyways.

So now summer begins and you shouldn't have to hear anything related to school from me til the end of July. Enjoy it while it lasts!


  1. and that is the other rule, isn't it? When you're afraid someone might confront you with something, give them a gift first and they will be forced not to say anything. Even if the gift isn't genuine;) (I'm kidding of course, I'm sure the gift was genuine. I just happened upon your blog from LIAYFs)

  2. Thanks for the comment! I always give presents to avoid awkward situations! :) just checked out your blog and subscribed, loved the kindergarten orientation and the wordless Wednesday!