Did you know that May is National Teen Self Esteem Month? And that a negative self image can affect learning and social skills as well as lead to delinquency, eating disorders and substance abuse? Some experts believe there’s a correlation between how much and what kind of control parents exert and how their children experience themselves.
Growing up, perhaps your parents kept such a close watch over you that it felt suffocating. Have you ever thought, now that you’re the parent of teens, that you’re doing the same thing? As parents, it’s perfectly normal to want to advocate for and protect your child. But what is too much?
The term Helicopter Parent refers to those who hover, are overly involved and rarely out of reach. Do you regularly rush to school with forgotten lunch money or speak to teachers about missing assignments? Instead of a sense of entitlement, perhaps it’s time to instill a sense of personal responsibility.
Adolescence, with its hormonal changes and peer pressure, can be a challenging stage of development. You may feel ambivalent about backing off, especially if your kids are stressed out or emotionally fragile. But learning to let go is really in the best interests of everyone.
To learn more, wikipedia.com has references and the definition of helicopter parenting. And we’ll be sharing our own practical tips with you the rest of this week. If you’re ready to get started, sign our email list to the left of this post and download a free ebook – reading it may help you find the courage to take the first step!