- although it is probably not something you didn't know.
Also - I missed the sermon in Church - I was doing Sunday School, but my daughter tells me that the minister was using the concept of Helicopter Parenting as part of his theme.
He said that there were three categories of helicopter parents;
(1) the helicopter gunship parent who zooms in with all guns blazing, blasting off at anyone and everyone who might be any sort of a threat to their child.
(2) the rescue helicopter, that swoops down and clears everything up, mending things, and regularly gathering up the 'injured' offspring and carting them straight back home where they will come to no more danger.
(3) the traffic helicopter - a parent who stays above it all, keeping an eye on things and passing on warnings and suggestions when it looks as if something is not going quite right, but not leaving the monitoring role to actually land unless there is a desperate need.
I rather like the idea that I try to be a traffic helicopter!
This link might not be terribly good news for those of us in the US with children still to get into college -