Beware Of Helicopter Parenting

           “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6

Early dawn, as I was driving down a country road, a deer ran in front of my car and close behind was its fawn. Thank goodness I was not speeding. The scene of the parent leading the way and the child following behind reminded me how the animal kingdom is more apt to prepare their offspring for their future, as oppose to us humans.  Animals teach their offspring about survival skills and independence when they are young and then send them off to face life head on. Humans are not so prone  to want to let go of our children when they are old enough to take care of themselves.

I have friends who are loving and kind parents. Yet, a few of my friends have one thing that seems to be a stumbling block for them when it comes to their adult children. They are Helicopter Parents.

I am pretty sure you might know a few Helicopter Parents who are still hovering over their adult child by doing everything for them. You might be able to name some of these parents who are chauffeurs, cooks,  housekeeper, banker, job coach and will even go as far as job search for their child if they are unemployed. It may sound funny to you but think of the real damage it has or is doing to an individual with potential to do something great but the parent is too afraid that their child will be harmed if they leave their sight. The truth of the matter is that if we breed fear and doubt in our children the outcome will be fear and doubt in their own ability to do in life. Best advice I can give any Helicopter Parent is to just land their helicopter and put your trust and faith in God.

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