I'm new to this parenting thing. My kids are only 2.5 years and 6 months old. I still have a lot to learn, but so far I really don't like to "helicopter" my toddler. I like to see him explore, make a mistake (and hopefully learn from it), feel proud when he discovers something on his own, and look back at me for reassurance or disapproval. If I were constantly hovering, maybe I'd be taking these experiences away from him. Maybe it would eventually make him feel like I don't trust him. That's the last thing I'd want.
Now there are times when I have to swoop in and correct or clarify or help, so maybe the best parenting style sits somewhere in-between. Maybe my perspective will change when they get keys to a car. 😳