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Hear the whirring? It's just a helicopter parent.
So, everyone is talking about [helicopter parents]. (Um, hello...there's a Wikipedia entry on them!)As a child with a helicopter parent (although I'm no longer being blown away by the chopper since she's gone to higher elevations and is now focusing on my 18-year old brother), I know the symptoms. I know how to spot them. And at the [East Heights Early Childhood Family Center] open house yesterday, [I saw them].That's right - I spotted you. The ones who just didn't want to let go. The ones you know are crying right now at the fact their kid is in school for the first time. (I also managed to peg parents that were the exact opposite and couldn't wait to get things done since their kids will be out of the house.)As a [Millenial], I lived through the wind-blown hair and teary eyes of having a helicopter parent. But, alas, they had yet to coin that perfectly on point phrase. My mom wanted to call my college professor when I got a C. I told her I'd rather fail.And finally, CNN has figured out how to ["ground" those hovering parentals]. And we still can't cure the common cold? Please.Don't get me wrong - I love my mother. (My dad? Not so much of a copter. More like a really nice limo that just drives you where you want to go and trusts your decisions.) She's my best friend. But, the hovering wears on kids. Trust me.How about you? Are you being blown away by a helicopter? Or are you one of those helicopters just trying to land? : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helicopter_parent : http://schools.usd497.org/eastheights/ : http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2008/aug... : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millenial : http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/personal/08/13/helicopter.parents/index.html