I have blogged for Cambridge International Exams about how schools can tackle the problem of helicopter parenting. Many parents don’t fall into these traps but many do, out of love and the entirely natural and proper desire to protect their offspring who are growing up in what feels like a scary world. I’m sure I’ve done it myself but I also know that I managed not to a lot of the time and it’s those moment of letting go that were my best moments of success. In my travels on business all around the world, I see schools struggling to find the best way to get the message over to parents: your child needs to learn to deal with failure and difficulty, so don’t over protect; don’t do too much for your child; let your child learn by trial and sometimes error.
I call the ideal “safety-net parenting”, because a safety-net is not designed to prevent a fall. It’s designed to allow the person to get back up and try again.
Do invite me to speak to your school’s parents about this.