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Helicopter Parenting 2.0: Hovering around, yet letting the kids take some risks

The mystery of parenting is that we never know if we are right or wrong until the kids are grown up, says the writer. ST ILLUSTRATION: CEL GULAPA
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SINGAPORE - Helicopter parenting is a term that describes parents who pay extremely close attention to their child's experiences and problems, particularly in school.

The term was first mentioned by the late best-selling author Haim Ginott in his 1969 book Between Parent And Child. Professor Ginott, who taught at New York University, quotes in his book a teen saying "mother hovers over me like a helicopter".

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