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Helicopter parenting: when helping isn't helpful

Answer these questions honestly:

• Have you ever intervened with a teacher for your child’s grade?

• Have you run forgotten lunches or homework to school for your child?

• Do you take an active role in choosing your child’s activities—or friends?

• Do you talk to, or text, your college-age child every day?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a helicopter parent.

On the other hand, you may just be a good parent.

That’s really the crux of the problem: when does helping stop being helpful?

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