Don’t send a helicopter message to your child

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Helicopter parents who rescue their children at the first sign of trouble are sending them a message: “You can’t do it without me.” Their children never learn how to handle situations themselves. They may not even believe they can. As long as your child is safe, let him try to solve a problem on his own. If he gets stuck, ask him what else he thinks he could try. Help him think through his options, but let him decide what to do.