The helicopter parent is the one who hovers over their child, worrying about all the horrible things that could happen to them. They try to monitor their child’s activities and warn them of dangers lurking ahead. In contrast the snowplow parent works hard to clear any thing in the way of their child’s success. They work hard to be sure their child does not encounter frustrating life experiences or have to deal with failures.
When it comes to raising happy children, some parenting approaches are more effective than others. Well adjusted and happy adults tend to be raised by parents who were caring and engaged, but also set and enforce high expectations for behavior.
Dr. Ramey’s favorite inspiring quotes from over the years. In addition to collecting baseball cards, I started writing down favorite quotes when I was in elementary school. My mom ‘cleaned out’ (i.e., threw away) my cards when I went to college, but I’ve continued to collect the inspirational perspectives from others.
Gregory Ramey, Child Psychologist and Columnist offers his advice on expectations as a parent, and what you can do to avoid high hopes that can lead to depression.