A friend of mine sent me a Forbes article about how being a helicopter parent is viewed as being a “good” parent when it comes to divorce and custody settlements.
I’m all for parents’ involvement in their kids’ lives. I try to be involved in my own kids’ lives and I appreciate parents at our church who track with what we’re doing in youth ministry and support it.
But one of my life mantras is that balance is something we swing through on our way to the other extreme. And that seems to be what’s happening with parenting. Involvement has become over-involvement. Support has become smothering.
I’m no psychologist, but I’m guessing that fear and guilt are two of the major motivations behind helicopter parenting. How can we parent based on love and God’s grace instead?
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