Launching a New Term
I recently coined the term “Helipad Parent” in an effort to enrich and enliven our nation’s conversation about what constitutes reasonable and effective parenting.
“I may be a crappy helicopter parent, but I make a decent helipad.”
In a nutshell, a helipad parent takes a different approach than the much-talked about helicopter parent. Helipad parents aren’t well-suited to hovering over their children’s daily decisions. Instead, they 1) strive to provide a safe landing in times of trouble—a helipad—and 2) hope to launch confident kids into the world by empowering them to take control of their own lives.
On the Radio
On January 28, I was the featured guest on WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift with Justin Kaufman.
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