I was NOT a helicopter mom!
“Helicopter Parenting means being involved in a child’s life in a way that is overcontrolling, overprotecting, and overperfecting, in a way that is in excess of responsible parenting. They typically take too much responsibility for their children’s experiences and, specifically, their successes or failures. I grew up with a helicopter mom and it was AWFUL, lol… I decided very early on in my parenting journey that I’d be nearly the polar opposite of a helicopter mom. My mom hovered and was paranoid about anything and everything, it invoked a lot of fear in me as a child. She’d literally put two inches of water in my bath because she was terrified I’d drown. Anytime we were near a pool, she’d make me wear a marine life jacket. She’d cut my food into teeny tiny pieces because she was nervous I’d choke.
I grew up knowing intrinsically I could handle myself, but I wasn’t ever allowed to prove it to anyone. We moved in with my Grandparents when I was young, and my Grandpa allowed me to be free and explore and be a child when my mom wasn’t around , it was very liberating and empowering. He taught me to believe I was capable of anything at all, I could do anything i put my mind to.