No one sets out to become a helicopter parent—you know, the parent who hovers near their child, watching, and then swoops in to the rescue at the tiniest sign of challenge or discomfort. In fact, most helicopter parents have […]
By Ann DeWitt
All of us want our children to be responsible adults, but we sometimes—inadvertently—parent young children in a way that teaches just the opposite.
Consider this scenario: A three-year-old comes into the kitchen and says, “I want to help.” Mom, […]
by Ann DeWitt and Kim DeMarchi
As parenting coaches, we know that perception is highly personal, made from our life experiences and our temperaments. It’s almost as if each of us goes through life wearing a pair of glasses that […]
By Kim DeMarchi
Some parents are kind, but not firm. Other parents are firm, but not kind. Still other parents vacillate between two extremes—at times being overly permissive and at others being overly authoritarian and dominating.
The key to effective parenting? […]