The Ministry of Education‘s (MOE) Facebook post about “helicopter parenting”, or parenting that involves excessively close hovering over children, has been widely shared, with many saying the advice is helpful.
The post on Friday (June 2) has been shared more than a thousand times and shows illustrations of ways in which someone could be considered a helicopter parent.
These include debating with your child’s teacher to get one more mark for a grade improvement, doing his project for him, and “flying” to school with his homework when he forgets to bring it.
“You want to help,” wrote MOE, “But do you know that (helicopter parenting) may hinder your child from being independent, savvy and street-smart?”
It also said such parenting can make a child feel he is not good enough, hurt his self-confidence and raise his levels of anxiety.
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