You might be a helicopter parent if you do the following: follow your children around everywhere, guide them in everything they do, never let them play alone, and/or control every decision they make.
Many helicopter parents start off with good intentions. They always want the best for their children. Here are some ways to avoid becoming a helicopter parent: allow your children to do tasks that they are capable of doing, help them work through their problems instead of fixing them, encourage them to play and discover on their own, and/or promote independence.
Remember, change doesn’t happen over night. Parents need to commit the time and effort to improve their parenting. No parent is perfect!