Helicopter parents are parents who take parenting to the extreme. Parents who take too much responsibility for their children’s lives and experiences, without allowing their children to experience things for themselves.
Helicopter parents tend to over-parent. They will constantly involve themselves in their children’s lives in a controlling way and naturally become over-protective towards them. They are less inclined to let their children make or live their own lives.
I was born to parents who parented that way and although the terminology of helicopter parenting refers to parents of high school age, helicopter parenting happens at any age. The problem with helicopter parenting is that children end up struggling with confidence and self-esteem issues, primarily because they’re not encouraged to think and do things for themselves.
As a consequence, helicopter parenting children will also feel less confident in dealing with potential stressful issues when they’re adults. Sadly, all children will be affected by this form of parenting.
What we have to deal with usually has nothing to do with the way we’re parented, it’s how we deal with what we deal with that causes us issues. This kind of parenting usually ends with the loss of the parent.