Children raised by helicopter or bulldozer parents tend to be fragile. These children display resistance to trying new things and panic and are angry when they make mistakes. They can also display a victim mentality and irresponsibility, lacking initiative and other important character qualities. In this workshop, psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, ministry leaders, and parents will discover why parents take on the helicopter or bulldozer roles and how to help these parents be supportive, not overly protective, which allows natural consequences to teach the child how to handle disappointments and challenges well. This produces resilient children who believe in themselves, creatively solve problems, relate in healthy ways to mistakes, make progress, and develop mature character and deeper faith. As a result, they have better mental health. This workshop will teach participants how to help guide parents on what to say and not say, how to encourage the child appropriately, and how to stop rescuing their children so they can learn for themselves.
1. Compare and contrast outcomes for children with helicopter or bulldozer parents with those with involved parents who do not engage in overprotective behavior with their children.
2. Examine how the parents’ beliefs affect whether children will be resilient or fragile.
3. Create a treatment plan to help parents increase their children’s resiliency and articulate when and how to use the strategies.