Helicopter Parents Around Water is a Good Thing

Helicopter Parents Around Water is a Good Thing

I read an article about the pros and cons of helicopter parenting. You know the ones that are always hovering over their children trying to protect them from every bump and knock. I am convinced that helicopter parents around water are a good thing.

Picture of a Mum playing with and keeping her two children close in the pool. I am convinced that helicopter parents around water are a good thing
Keep Them Close

Personally, I'm on the side of standing a little back and seeing what happens. I think that it helps children make a better assessment of risk as they get older. 

Having said that I think that there is one place where the best kind of parent is a helicopter and you'll never guess where that is! Of course, it's around water. 

I Love Those Extra Pair Of Eyes

Even when I'm swim teaching I love those extra pair of eyes. I am a very vigilant teacher but there is comfort in knowing that I am not the only one watching. 

Children are quick and unpredictable and I am all for making that unpredictability as observable as possible.

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That doesn't mean that I will tolerate interference. But if a parent wants to warn me about a potential hazard, problem or risky behaviour that I haven't seen, I very happy.

So if you are a helicopter parent then you go for it as far as I'm concerned. Well... at least around water. If your swim teacher objects and all your doing is assisting with risk management, get a new one.

Enjoy     
Richard





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