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There is a term, helicopter parent, for parents who are overly involved in their child’s life. This can happen at all ages and for all ethnicities and income levels, but tends to favor more educated parents. Over-involvement can undermine your role as caretaker and instructor, depending on where and why it happens. You can utilize the parents as free labor— although we question why they need childcare in the first place if they’re ther.

Often it is best to reason with them, especially if you can earn their trust to let you instruct their child yourself. Otherwise, you may need to set some stricter boundaries


  1. Helicopter parents constantly micromanage their children
  2. Over-involvement from parents can undermine the caretaker
  3. It is best to reason when possible