Getting Ready to Retire from Being a Helicopter Mom

playing at the playground

I have to be honest, I can be a pretty good helicopter mom, especially when it comes to the playground.  I have probably mentioned before that I come from a long line of female fretters – so it is only natural for me to worry.  When I watch Stella on the playground, I cannot help but imagine all the scenarios in which she will fall down, get hurt or break a bone.  Which is one of the major reasons I am pretty stressed about Stella heading off to kindergarten in the fall.

Watching Stella play on the playground the other day, I realized that my fears are in vain (although a good way to burn calories).  Stella climbs around on the playground like a little monkey, sure-footed and confident.  She knows her limits and is actually quite coordinated. I also think the two or so years of gymnastics have paid off.  She has some pretty good skills and can navigate the bars very well.

It was that moment that I realized Stella will be just fine in kindergarten.  She will be able to hold her own and navigate the playground without any massive injury.  Now, I am still going to worry – it is just who I am.  But at least I can worry a little less about the playground.

4 thoughts on “Getting Ready to Retire from Being a Helicopter Mom

  1. I love this post! My boys are now a very self-sufficient 6 and 9, but I will always have that extra bit of anxiety that goes with being a mom. Embrace it, and give yourself a pat on the back for helping Stella become the confident, coordinated girl she is.

  2. Lisa Dawson

    I love this post! My boys are now a very self-sufficient 6 and 9, but I will always have that extra bit of anxiety that goes with being a mom. Embrace it, and give yourself a pat on the back for helping Stella become a confident, coordinated girl.

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