Assets in Action: Take steps to help your kids grow wings

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Last week, my column mentioned a visit to NMSU. It spoke of the term, “helicopter parents,” and how it had been taken to levels I have not seen before.

This week, my goal is to demonstrate what that might mean for you, well before the start of a new school year.

If you have a child in sixth grade or above, it begins for you and now. You as the parent have to look for ways you can step back and allow your children to step up. It will empower them for a lifetime, not just for one good assignment or one good grade. You have to envision that the bird will one day leave the nest and work now, will allow them to fly.

Do we do everything perfect as parents? No. Will they do everything perfect? No. Will they mess up? Probably so.  I believe that as parents, you may knowingly have to allow them to mess up or even fail, but not cause them to fail.

When parents have the need for everything to be great, you just might be setting them up to be unsuccessful without you.

When you are at open house night and I don’t care if this is your 18th child, attend back to school night. I have heard many times that parents have done it before. That might be true, but you haven’t done it for this child, with this set of teachers, and in this school year.

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