It’s human nature to be protective of your kids. Parents see everything that’s going on in the world and feel worried for their children’s safety. Being protective of their offspring is a primal instinct of not only humans, but of most living beings on Earth. In some cases, however, some parents are too protective of their children.Called ‘Helicopter Parents‘, these parents hover over their children, keeping a watchful eye (or two) on them at all times and making their decisions for them. Whether it their activities in school or at home, these parents don’t give their kids any space. This ends up having a detrimental effect on the kids because they form a very strong dependence on their parents for even the most minor task and as a result, the kids’ emotional development is hampered. Kids are made to feel like they can do no wrong because when they do do something wrong, they are not reprimanded for it. They develop a sense of entitlement and lack a good work ethic. In their quest to make their kids’ lives perfect, helicopter parents make life difficult for their kids in the long term because their kids haven’t developed the tools necessary to deal with real world challenges. More than ever before, parents are choosing to coddle their kids rather than teach them.
We’ve always thought of Roo Kids as a teaching tool. We believe that kids who are granted a certain degree of autonomy develop into more grounded individuals than kids who’ve been sheltered all their life. Of course, that is not to say that you should not look after your kids. Of course not. Just that parents should have a degree of trust in their kids and not be too protective of them. Schools should stop giving kids trophies for participating. Instead of haranguing teachers for not giving their kids marks, parents should push their children to study harder.
Like most situations, this one isn’t black and white either. We must recognize that helicopter parenting arises out of parents’ love for their children. But parents must realize that in today’s competitive world, kids would be better equipped to succeed later on in life if their lives weren’t perfect.