September’s Parenting Tip: Avoiding Helicopter Parenting

Are you finding yourself micromanaging your children’s lives and constantly worrying about their safety, happiness and ability to function in the world?  If you answered yes, STOP.

According to Beverly Anderson, Executive Director of Ebenezer Child Care Centers with locations in downtown Milwaukee, on Milwaukee’s southside, and in Oak Creek and West Allis/Wauwatosa, “Being a helicopter parent is unhealthy for your children. Research has found that children with overbearing parents have higher incidents of depression and anxiety, so you need to stop yourself before it gets more and more out of control.”

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Stop Worrying
It’s easy to focus on the negatives, and Anderson reminds us that worrying is never productive.

“When you worry, your children often pick up on this, and it can create unnecessary anxiety in their lives.”

Find Balance
Anderson recommends that you don’t make your children the center of your universe. “Take care of yourself, find balance, and seek other avenues than your children where you can find self-worth and validation. It is never healthy to worry so much about your children’s well-being that you forget to take care of yourself.”

Remember Children Need to Learn
“Children will never learn about the world around them if their parents are always doing everything for them,” says Anderson. “Holding children back from exploring age-appropriate concepts and learning things for themselves is never a good idea.”

It’s OK to Disagree
Anderson reminds us that, variety is the spice of life, and your children will not always agree with you and how you do things…and that’s OK.

“Instead of trying to control every situation, take a deep breath and make sure to listen to your children’s opinions, thoughts and beliefs. Remember, they don’t have to do things just like you, and there are many pathways to becoming successful.”

Every Ebenezer Child Care Center focuses on all aspects of a child’s development: cognitive, physical, emotional, and social.

The agency has locations in downtown Milwaukee, on Milwaukee’s southside, and in Oak Creek and West Allis/Wauwatosa. The agency’s main office is located at 1496 South 29th Street, Milwaukee. For more information, please call 414-643-5070.