Picture this scenario. A pair of helicopter parents sits around the kitchen table discussing new year’s resolutions. They may be overweight. They could be closet smokers, caffeine junkies, or worse. Regardless, it’s doubtful the resolutions these parents are planning have anything to do with bettering themselves.
The chief objective of helicopter parents is not to achieve a personal goal of their own, but to mold their children into some vision of grandeur—however unrealistic, unlikely, or downright unobtainable that vision may be. Bearing this in mind, I’ve got an idea for a new year’s resolution that might seem frighteningly radical to hover parents, but that could actually make the entire family more balanced, happy and, ultimately, successful at their individual pursuits.