We live in an ultra competitive world where the pressure to succeed is always up for grabs and that includes raising up kids who will carry on our legacy into the future. However, with it has come a new wave of helicopter parents who go overboard in trying to make the lives of their children easier at the cost of long term development. Helicopter parenting is the over indulgence of a parent in almost every aspect of a kid's life whether it's from helping in doing all the homework or house chores, choosing friends and lovers, resolving any conflicts they get into with their peers or workmates no matter how small, as well as managing their time schedule in day to day basis in a controlling manner. While most parents would deny being a helicopter parent, its long term implications will certainly be inevitable as the child grows older and the earlier one detects this behavior then the better it is for both you and your kid. Helicopter parenting can as well be compared to a lawn mower who deals with every problem in their kid's life no matter how tiny, thus eroding the ability of a kid to make their own decisions and plan their lives independently. While it is undeniably true that parents may do this out of love and with good intentions, it is important for them to encourage their kids to come up with creative solutions to their problems and if they happen to fall into trouble or make mistakes, try as much as possible to avoid helping them escape the consequences unless it's life-threatening. This will make the kid know that every choice has consequences thus improving their awareness about life at an early stage. Children from helicopter parents tend to have a disadvantage when it comes to handling life issues as they are used to everything being taken care of by their parents hence develop a false sense of entitlement that they deserve whatever they want in life and people will bend backwards to give them what they want. It's until they get a rude awakening when they get into adulthood that they see life for what it is but by then it will be too late as they have already left the nest not having fully developed mentally. As a result, anxiety and depression sinks in due to the lack of self-confidence and self-esteem and it's not surprising to see most people taking self-medication pills to treat such recurring disorders. This mostly stems from the kind of upbringing they had and it's only fair they realize it early so that they don't pass it down to their kids repeating the same cycle once again. Most of the helicopter parents could have experienced emotional neglect or deprived off their needs when they grew up hence swore to be the best provider and be always available for their kids as an act of compensation. While doing so is great to some extent, too much of it will backfire on the kid more so if you derive your self-identity from the accomplishments that a kid makes whether it's excelling in school or in their careers. If you as a parent hangs around other overly strict parents, you will be pressured to act the same in order to not be seen as an irresponsible parent so it's good to be aware of your company at all times. Knowing when to step in and when to advise from the sidelines will only lift the burden on yourself and your kid's life as they will grow to be more independent and mature enough to handle their own affairs without the need to be influenced by the 'selfish' desires of the parent. They are able to know what makes them happy and also solve problems as they arise thus becoming high quality adults. In the end, there is no perfect way of parenting, but we can always try to be better parents in order to create a better future for our kids and generations to come.