“I’m a safety mom. A safety person, in fact. During a past ski trip, I consistently arrived back at the chairlift last, underscoring my obvious preoccupation with not hurting myself. I checked my speed the entire descent down the mountain. Speed is not my middle name.
My teens were ahead of me. And though cautionary words were on the tip of my tongue, I made no effort to prohibit them from their rapid downhill flight. I didn’t want to harden their resolve.
People who thrive are people who are being who they believe they were meant to be. That is exactly what I want for my kids, and probably pretty close to what you want, too. We want our kids to mature into independent young adults who can make wise choices on their own.”
Implicit in this desired end result is that along the way, parents must let go. Helicopter parenting will only hold children back.
Today I added my voice to TODAY Parents feature challenge on helping your kids follow their dreams! Read in full here.
2 thoughts on “What Happened When I Quit Helicopter Parenting And Let My Kids Choose Their Own Path”
It is the hardest thing to do, especially in today’s world when just standing on the corner waiting for the school bus can be dangerous (a child was recently injured when a speeding car ended up on the sidewalk where he was standing) – but yes we must all learn to let go…
Thanks! I still feel the weird trembling as I let go and let my kids take on more responsibility for their future.