Monthly Archives: March 2016

Are you a Parenting ‘Coward’, Helicopter or Snowplow Parent, or a Tiger Mom/Dad?


As parents we feel totally responsible for our children: their health, safety, growth, and development.  Michael Christie wrote an editorial piece “All Parents are Cowards” for the New York Times where he related his fears and panic in keeping his children safe.  Christie debates when to ‘let go’ and when to let children take on more responsibility and perhaps fail or get hurt.  When does this feeling of panic reach an extreme (you might then be a coward) and when is it a reasonable feeling for us?  You might think sure, when Jon has a temperature of 103 degrees, I panic.  But do you panic when your child is invited to a friend’s house for a playdate?  Do your feelings limit what your child can do and experience?