Helicopter Mom Lets Go
Her goal was independence. But how do you tell your child she faces limitations others don't?
By H. Resnick
February 5, 2009 at 10:05 AM EST
I'm one of those mothers - smothering, protective, controlling my daughter's every move, comment and reaction to ensure she is safe, sound and sociable with a secure, employable future.
For 22 years, I conferred and argued with doctors, social-service workers, teachers, government employees, parents, employers and more. I structured her life to lead her along the path of good fortune. I made decisions contrary to hers, creating stress and disagreements that often spiralled out of control.
From my daughter's perspective, she would probably say, "My mom is a nag. She's always on my case. Do this. Don't do that. Go wash your face, know your place, give people space, make haste not waste, blah, blah, blah ..."
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