Just a little story to ponder on a Sunday, from our mailbox:
As a high school graduation reward, we agreed to let our daughter take my husband’s car on a brief camping trip about 3.5 hours away. She so excited about driving and camping out. She invited along close friend from school. Well, much to my daughter’s dismay, her friend’s mother drove behind them the entire way (!) and hovered around the general vicinity, staying overnight in a town near the state park. Hearing of this behavior, I coined a new term: drone parenting.
You've got to wonder what was going through that mom's head. If she's not in the car with her daughter, how can she prevent an accident? And if she's not in the tent, how is she going to fight off a bear? Or even a curious elk? Or raccoon?
It's possible that after years of things like standing at the school bus stop with the kids, or watching every soccer practice, some parents literally have not had a chance to see how capable their kids can be.
Or maybe they just don't want to see it.