Helicopter or Free Range Parenting?

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Courtesy of SHRM.org

Are you a helicopter parent, a free range parent or somewhere in between?

This week, our daughter  Alicia,  turned 14 and is now a Freshman in high school. The challenge for me is knowing how much to hold on and when to let go.

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What age can she wear make-up, date, attend sleepovers, etc.? We as parents have to make tough choices.

My experience has been to allow activities with clear boundaries and watch to see how your child handles the additional freedom. If they are acting responsibly,  then enjoy their growth. If they are not acting responsibly, then alter the activity to fit their maturity.

It’s bittersweet watching our kids grow.  I am so proud of their accomplishments.  However,  it reminds me they are one step closer to adulthood.

How about you? How do you handle parenting with the bigger issues in life? I’d love for our parenting community to share what worked and what didn’t work. 

Blessings  Rebecca

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