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Hover Hover: How to Handle Helicopter Parents in the Early Elementary Years

This collection focuses on parental involvement and what to do when it goes overboard. From constant calls to protests over projects, these articles, ideas and resources can help you to handle helicopter parents.
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Hover Hover: How to Handle Helicopter Parents in the Early Elementary Years
  • huffingtonpost.com
    huffingtonpost.com

    Who Is Shaping Notions of 'Right' Parent Involvement?

    5 minute read
    Erica Loop says:
    Before blowing your top about helicopter parents, read this piece. I have to admit, I don’t always consider how we deem parents ‘hoverers’, we just assume that it’s overparenting. This article really puts it into perspective.
  • cnn.com
    cnn.com

    What teachers really want to tell parents

    8 minute read
    Erica Loop says:
    Wow! This article offers a sense of community within the educational profession. I found the ideas and explanations not only effective when it comes to understanding the ordeal, but ideal for feeling a sense that we’re not alone.
  • Erica Loop says:
    Parents don’t always understand what helicopter means, and certainly may have difficulty identifying the traits in themselves. This video makes it clear, speaking to moms and dads – instead of teachers. From an educational standpoint, this video is an excellent resource to include in a class newsletter or email.
  • Erica Loop says:
    What this video does extremely well is stressing what a helicopter parent is. All too often we think of helicopter parents as a singular type of style. This isn’t always so. The video not only describes what to look for, but does an excellent job outlining how this type of parenting impacts the student. Including a school-wide approach (and not just focusing on dealing with case after case) offers a slightly different – more globally effective – way of dealing with the situation.
  • scholastic.com
    scholastic.com

    5 Easy Fixes for Dealing with Problem Parents

    5 minute read
    Erica Loop says:
    This piece provides real advice for real teachers. It’s simple, straightforward and sets a fix that is realistic for most classrooms. Even though only one section actually features the ‘helicopter’ parent, I can see how some of the others (especially the demander, best friend and know-it-all) translates into helping helicopters as well.
  • schoolcounselor.org
    schoolcounselor.org

    Three Steps for Dealing With Helicopter Parents

    10 minute read
    Erica Loop says:
    I love the three-step approach in this article. Instead of just telling teachers to cut ties or push back helicopter parents, the piece stresses healthy boundaries and appropriate involvement. I can see how this gives teachers the fuel needed to keep parents from hovering, while still stressing engagement.