This note from a reader points out something so true: When organizations require parents to sign their kids in and out (which is the case at this reader's YMCA), it makes "helicopter parents" out of us all. As she noted:
The parents have to stay in the YMCA building the whole time, although most kids' programs are so short, they wouldn't have time to really go anywhere, but the result is, parents hovering; watching swimming lessons through the window, watching taekwondo classes in the row of chairs set up for that purpose.
The other day at a shopping center outside of Chicago, we witnessed exactly this: Chairs were set up to watch an indoor baseball program that didn't require the parents' presence, but was arranged as if that would naturally happen. So it did. (It didn't look like the parents were having a great time chatting with each other, which would certainly be a reason to stick around.)
This is yet another reason Let Grow does not blame any parents for "helicoptering." They may want to give their kids some space, but can't, thanks to the way child activities are structured. If you -- a parent or administrator -- have come up with a way of pushing back on these expectations, please let us know!