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    • 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. 😳

    • And a new term in parenting: snowplow parents.

      "Some affluent mothers and fathers now are more like snowplows: machines chugging ahead, clearing any obstacles in their child’s path to success, so they don’t have to encounter failure, frustration or lost opportunities."

      This sounds like the college admissions scandal parents. Doing anything and everything to get their kids every advantage.

      IMHO kids need to experience failure and frustration, part of growing up.