Examples of the Worst Kinds of Helicopter Parenting | 22 Words

We're all familiar with the term "helicopter parent," right?

A helicopter parent is a type of mother or father who can't stand to see their sweet little angel be independent. They instead choose to hover over them 24/7, in order to make sure they're being treated fairly. Heaven forbid their child ever learn how to live without them!

I will absolutely agree that parenting is a tough job. I'll even give you that it's hard to see your little kid — who once depended on you for absolutely everything — grow up and do things for themselves. But I think most of us can agree that at a certain point, hovering over your kid, double-checking every single thing they do, and putting up a fight whenever someone else disciplines them is ultimately pretty harmful to child development.

Kids need to be able to express themselves, and sometimes that means making mistakes. It might even mean failing a class!

But helicopter parenting is not the solution.

A recent AskReddit thread gave people the opportunity to share examples of helicopter parenting they've witnessed in the wild. Folks, these stories are pretty bonkers.

To the front row with you!

I work in a kindergarten in China. We have about 35 kids in each class, seated in 4 rows of 8 (with a split down the middle) facing the teacher. We move the children about once a month; each child moves back one row, and the back row gets to sit in the front row. One parent came in and told us that her child must always be seated in the front row. There's nothing wrong with the child's eyesight; she's just too special to be seated anywhere but the front row I guess. The parent did not request this; she ordered us.TheDevilsAdvokaat

This one has a happy ending!

Music teacher here. I had a HeliMom of one of my guitar students sit in on him during his first lesson. She was sitting right by him, shoulder to shoulder. As I was talking about various things like how to hold the guitar and how to shape your hands and fingers around the neck she would grab his hand and do it for him. Every single time. For everything. Time to strum some chords? Mom did that for him too. Can’t get the free hand to squeeze hard enough to make the strings ring? She pressed his fingers for him. He cried out at that and that’s when I stopped and told her she had to let him do it on his own. All I got for that was a sharp look and a “Fine then." He tried on his own and the string just made kind of a thud noise and she said: “See he needs me to help him." I told her that the only way he was going to be able to do it was to try and do it, on his own. He was the one who had to build up the strength. Things didn’t really progress much after that and I ended the lesson. With all of that I wasn’t thinking they’d be sticking around for the second week but back they came. The second lesson started off the same and I politely told her she’d have to give him space in order to try. Still, she wasn’t thrilled but relented and got up in a huff and went out into the hall to watch from there. After she left this kid took a deep breath and was visibly more relaxed. After she stepped out he was able to have his own space and he actually tried on his own; he started to do better. It was awesome. At the end of the lesson, he said he couldn’t wait to come back and his mom came in and grilled him with something like “why can’t you do that when I’m helping you? You don’t want my help? You don’t need my help?" I could understand stuff like this if he was a young kid, 7 or younger, but dude’s 14 years old. He’s going to be a freshman in the fall. This poor kid has ended up being one of my best students. His mom still hovers and he’s still a super weird and socially awkward dude from living in a bubble but he’s finally found something he can be good at independently from his mom. It’s really rewarding to see him gaining more and more confidence even if it is slowly, he’ll get there someday.TheLivingEnd1884

I'm sure this will never cause any problems in her life.

An incredibly quiet student just flat out refused to engage in any discussion in class. She was an extremely pleasant girl, she just wouldn't speak. I brought it up with her mother during an interview and she told me she'd forbidden her daughter to express her opinion and to just listen to the teacher out of fear they wouldn't agree with her opinion and mark her down out of bias. I assured her that expressing an opinion wouldn't get a student marked down in my class and that developing one is important to her learning but she just said: "I'd rather she didn't."losturtle1

This kid is (almost) on fire!

I work in an after school care. One day a 9-year-old was showing everyone his lighter by trying to set the shirt he was wearing on fire. I obviously took the lighter off him. When his mother came to pick him up I handed it to her and told her about him trying to set his shirt on fire. Turns out it was her lighter, so I had "no right" to confiscate it and her son just wouldn't try to set his clothes on fire because, "He's not an idiot," so I must be making that up.samaki14

Helicopter parenting apparently has no age limit.

Criminal defense lawyer here. I was talking to my 23-year-old client in the hallway before a court hearing. His mom walked up to me and said forcefully, “He is a CHILD, do you understand me? A CHILD!" Because she was upset that he was in trouble with the law.tinyahjumma

There's no coming back from this one.

While I was student teaching I had a student and his mom was the art teacher. The student was a straight up douche. Would cheat on any assignment, belittle classmates, etc... Any time the student got in trouble or called out he would run to his mom (the art teacher) and she would fight for him. All the teachers in the schools were afraid of her since she has been in the district for a long time and was thought to do no wrong by the administration. The student ended up plagiarizing an essay in class. I gave the student a zero (as it was stated in the assignment sheet that all plagiarism would be an automatic zero) and all hell broke loose. Meetings with the principal were set up, mom would come in during my plan period and rip me a new one for failing her kid, and the student would come fake crying to class the work. The essay was a large portion of the grade and would mean he would fail the class. After about two weeks of the mom coming in I finally told her if he turned a new essay into me by the end of the week he could get 50 percent credit on it (would move his grade to a “D" if he got a 100 percent). The student comes waltzing into class on Friday and hands me his essay. After quickly scanning the essay it just seemed off. After a quick google search, the student took the entire Wikipedia page and copied it for his essay. After school, I went down to the art room to talk to the mom. I still remember the conversation like it was yesterday. Me: M***** did a great job on his essay! Mom: Great! He was locked up in his room all week working on it. Me: When I looked at his paper I did notice there was an odd section though. Mom: What do you mean? Me: This section has a superscript number on it and I don’t see where he cited it. Mom: That is odd, I’ll ask him about it. Me (pulls out the printed Wikipedia page over his topic that is word-for-word): Here is the Wikipedia page over his topic if you want to look at. Mom (scanning over both and her face turns ghost white): Will he be able to make this up? Me (with a look of disbelief on my face): Absolutely not! The student ended up getting suspended and mom tried to fight the suspension. She even went as far to look into the legitimacy of the grade since a student teacher taught the course. All in all, the mom is no longer a teacher in the district and the kid is in jail for selling drugs. The rest of the staff loved me for standing up to her and her son.joeyf11

This one makes my blood boil.

I taught middle school for 1 year. We had a student who was being disruptive in all the classes. He was refusing to turn in work, or even do it. He was constantly causing trouble. We had each tried several strategies to deal with the behavior in our own time. We had each talked to the parents numerous times, but they never did anything nor believed that the student was doing anything inappropriate. No one was having any success. Eventually one of the teachers had enough so he suggested we do a meeting between all of the student's teachers, the guidance counselor, a vice principal, the student, and his parents. There are 6 teachers plus the vice principal and the guidance counselor all saying the same basic version of, the student needs to pay attention, needs to do the work, needs to stop distracting other students, needs to be respectful, etc. etc. The mother disbelieves us; it's not the student's fault. We all have it in for the student. Nothing changed.sodabased

WHAT?!

A parent who volunteered in her child’s classroom just to videotape her child all day, every day. She threatened to sue if we did not allow her to. She did this all through elementary. It ended in middle school when they told her no. She stood outside the fence and videotaped him at P.E. Someone saw this and called the police. She pulled her kid and homeschooled him.Ginnylala

"Nah son, I got this."

Had a parent who would stay behind during breakfast to do the kids homework for him. Fast forward a year, he's in secondary but his sister now attends primary. All students have gone to class, guess who's in the cafeteria doing their sons homework. Had to be asked to leave. - tatorlicio

Kid SMASH!

I was at a grocery store and watched a mother let her child demolish everything in sight. The kid threw magazines on the floor, knocked over displays, threw apples on the ground. Some people shouldn't be parents. - kcshaddex

Maybe some sons are just inept?

I work as a GP receptionist. Often have 70-80 year old ladies calling up to make appointments and pick up prescriptions, etc for their sons (35+ and living with their own families) or grandsons (usually 16-25+). Must be a cultural thing because it doesn't happen anywhere near as frequently for daughters or granddaughters. - sadadult

You're on camera, son!

We had a student who was God's gift to mankind for almost all three years of his time at our school. This kid was snarky, disruptive, cruel to his classmates and teachers, but still handed in high level work. His work came in on time, but he was a net negative on the class - other kids who needed help were too distracted by him and his antics. Whenever a meeting was called, it was like we were looking at a different child. He would play the part of "lil ol' harmless me?" extremely well in front of his parents, who doted on him. The talks would go nowhere, and he would brag the next day that his parents thought we were all morons. That is, until one day: A fight broke out in the hallway from a class being covered by a substitute. My co-worker looked out in the hall to see the commotion and called the office for back up. Meanwhile, this student (the golden child) decides he wants to spectate and yell "fight fight fight." He keeps trying to get around my co-worker (who is a huge dude) in the doorway, but my co-worker plants himself in the middle of the doorway and tells him to sit down. Not content to be told what to do, he squeezes past my co-worker, only to get his shirt caught in the door, ripping it open. He tells my co-worker "you ripped my shirt, my parents are going to get you." Well, sure enough: the next day mom and dad come tearing in and they want answers NOW. Their son said the teacher ripped his shirt by grabbing on to him and the demand the teacher and the principal. Too bad for the kid, there was security footage of the hallway this time, pointing right at him. It was beyond obvious that the kid was pushing my co-worker and trying to get around him. You could even see him mouth the words "fight" over and over. Worst of all, when he got back into class, he was seen running all over the room, egging people on. Best day of my life. - takesnosides

Seems normal...

My next door neighbors' youngest boy. Same age as my son (like 3 months younger). We live literally 10 feet apart. You can see his front door from my garage corner; our driveways are less than 3 feet apart at the street. We live in the very back of a circular area in our cul de sac; no traffic in our area unless its us or the neighbors on either side of the two of us, in a very quiet neighborhood. Until the boys were 12, we had to walk him home or watch from the driveway where his parents could see us or he'd have to have them come get him and walk him home. Day or night, it didn't matter. They tried walking my son home one evening after the kids were done and my son told them he was good. - Mistress_Jedana

"Also, no books. He might gain dangerous knowledge."

I own and run an early child care center. I had a mother of a two year old demand that we remove all books with staples in the binding in fear that he would scratch his corneas/swallow it/open his femoral artery. - MmeQEI

Being laughed at by a large group of children is my greatest nightmare.

Child Care worker here! Back at my old day care, we had one mom who had three kids she was raising on her own. She was clearly in over her head because her two boys (the youngest, probably 7 and 5) were always misbehaving. One day, another boy pronounced something wrong during lunch. The 7- and 5-year-old both pointed at the boy and started laughing, shortly followed by the entire class. I made them eat the rest of their lunch in silence. I explained to the kids how bad it makes someone feel when everyone laughs at them. The next day, the boys didn’t want to come to daycare and when my boss explained what happened, the mom that her boys would never do that. - mboender3

Choose a side.

I was in childcare for nine years. A few examples: - The kid who told her mom I backed over her bike with their car on purpose. - Or, relating to bikes, the kid who ran over his toddler sister with his bike. - Or maybe the time he told his parents that I left them by themselves at the house. And their moms believed them over me... because their kid couldn’t possibly be the evil pathological liar. - raehazel

There is an answer to this problem...

When I was 21, I tutored a young man who was 16 and could not read. At all. His teachers, according to his mother had "given up." I realized pretty quickly what his issues were. The kid had really bad eye sight (had to hold the book about five inches from his face just to make out the letters) and was also clearly suffering from dyslexia. When I told his mother she looked at me and declared that Dyslexia is just an excuse for doctors to give her son "mind-altering substances" and his eye sight was "as perfect as the day God made him." It took a while, but I did manage to convince her that her son should get glasses by telling her that sometimes the Devil lays his hands upon God's Creations to damage them. - WeirdWolfGuy

Just feels spiteful.

My old boss reported her babysitter to Ofsted (a regulatory body) and tried to mess up her child care career because the babysitter approached her to let her know her daughter was bullying other children at school. Not surprisingly, the mother was a bully herself. - sleepysnorkmaiden

Little angel doesn't need that filth in his sweet, sweet ears.

I was once tasked with describing healthy romantic encounters to a room full of 14-year-olds. Real PG stuff, boundaries, no means no, understanding positive advances can negative ones. Nothing really racy. But had a mom freak out and tell me and my co-teacher that we shouldn’t be the first ones to talk to her 14-year-old son about sex in any way shape or form. I had to look this poor naive “my child is pure as the driven snow" mother and tell her that if, at 14, she hadn’t already given him “the talk" she was going to be the last person to talk to him about sex. He lives in the age of the internet and is 14. Everyone he knows is talking to him about sex. - ryanstrikesback

Not all gambles pay off.

I was a teacher and coach, but after I moved states, I took a grocery store job until I could get my new career started. There was a girl in the deli (in the early 20s). She was getting 16 hours a week and when we got slow maybe 12. Pretty standard hours. Her Mom got so mad at the lack of hours and came in and SCREAMED at the Deli Manager and the Store Manager. They were like yeah now she has 0 Hours and fired the girl. - wrestleastavaganza2

Listen to him!

I'm a lifeguard and camp counselor, and I saw a kid hit another kid with a bat. Like just wailed on her when my back was turned (with a whiffle ball bat thankfully). The mother said "I'm sure he didn't mean to" and the kid said "yes I did" and she's like "oh no honey you didn't, you don't have to lie." - breanre

Parenting isn't easy, but it is simple.

I was once nannying a little boy who was barely four. His Dads did not use the word “No" with him because they thought it was damaging. Instead they tried to rationalize with him. During the week I spent nannying, the Dads told me to just FaceTime them any time I needed to reprimand him and they would do it instead. I never FaceTimed them and introduced the boy to the idea of time out and that I knew when he was fake crying. Week ended with Dad’s saying the boy’s behavior was the best it had ever been. - _summer500

Must've done some deep Googling.

I had spent a weekend as a camp counselor for my church's annual youth retreat. When I came back down on that Sunday, I get a call ON MY PERSONAL PHONE from a parent who complained that I assigned her daughter too much homework. I have no clue how the hell she got a hold of my personal phone number but after spending a weekend half sleep-deprived, I wasn't in a mood to deal with this. I told her that I'll speak with the student the next day and to please talk to me during business hours for any further inquiries. The one funny thing about this was that I could hear the daughter in the background telling her mom that it was fine, there was no problem, and generally acting mortified that her mom would go to such lengths. - xtwistedBliss

Eh, kids don't really like watching movies in school anyway.

As an end of year treat, we used to show films and let kids play sports under supervision. But then, one mom said this was unacceptable and harmed her daughter's education. Ruined it for the whole school as the tradition no longer took place in subsequent years. - quadrillio

Gotta work on those dodging abilities.

This kid was in a special needs class for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. He got angry and threw the garbage can at the teacher. Hit her in the head, she had a concussion and needed stitches. Mom said it was the teacher's fault because she should have moved out of the way of the garbage can. - 3kidsmakemecrazy

This Sparky kid is goin' places.

This kid was in my kindergarten class. On the first day of school he took a paperclip and stuck it in the electrical socket. He gave himself third degree burns and set my carpet on fire. Mom refused medical treatment. Then, mom filed a CPS report on me because I "let" him put the paperclip in the electrical socket. His nickname among the teachers was Sparky for the rest of his time in the school! - 3kidsmakemecrazy

Maybe he needed her to spoon-feed him so he could use his hands to pay Nintendo Switch?

There is a mom who would come up to the school to do everything for her kid, she would even spoon feed him! He was about eight years old. - holdontoyoungideas

Some little boys just need to experiment with crime. It's a part of growing up, and we would never want to squash his spirit.

I had just finished wrestling a gun from a 15 year old kid with a ski mask on (about to rob someone). The kid was actively trying to point the gun at me. Thankfully he wasn’t big. I got it away from him and was able to restrain him. The first people on scene were ha parents. When we explained what just happened her first words were, “Why y’all harassing him. Why were you harassing him in the first place." I told her he was getting harassed for robbing someone with a ski mask on and gun. She said he didn’t do it. - nekmatu

"Those toys are my toys."

I was at a hotel pool with my not-quite-three-year-old grandson last week. I brought a bucket and several balls for him to play with in the water. Soon, a bully of a five-year-old, who I had noticed being rotten to other little ones over three days, jumped into the pool. He quickly grabbed up all of my grandson’s things and refused to give them back. His mother was sitting right there saying nothing. So I said, “give him his toys back – they don’t belong to you“. The mother went ballistic on me – so much so that the whole pool area stopped to listen. She ranted about how ridiculous it was to discipline a five-year-old child. She said, “you’re lucky you’re old" which I took to be some kind of physical threat. The bully himself collapsed sobbing against the edge of the pool, destroyed over losing my grandson’s toys. He didn’t stop crying for probably 10 minutes. His father later came over to explain that the kid has three older sisters and “that mother," which I suppose he gave as an excuse for his son’s behavior. I don’t give that kid much of a chance to turn into a decent person. - tanyanubin

Albert Einstein failed math, you know.

I was student-teaching and one of the teachers was telling a story about one of her students. I guess he failed ALL of his tests and was just basically failing anything that required him to read or write. The parents were called and the mom kept saying that her son was a genius and exceptions should be made for him. She claimed that her son created his own alphabet and that was what he was using so he actually did the work but used his own abc’s. She wanted the school to allow him to only use his alphabet and everything. - MrsGrownManFriend

To be fair, those kids are probably pretty dumb.

I work in a social security/welfare office and regularly interview 18 to 21-year-olds whose mothers, fathers, or both, insist on sitting in with them for the entire interview, sometimes doing all the talking for them too. - merlinbc

This poor girl hasn't slept more than 58 minutes her entire life.

On my 12th birthday, my dad finally let me have a sleep-over. It started super early because my dad was a single dad and most of my friends parents hadn't met him because of his work schedule, so he wanted to allow a lot of time for them to hang out and chat, since they would be leaving their daughters at his house overnight and he was technically still a stranger to them. This one girl's mom and dad talked to my dad for eight hours. Then when they left, they left behind a cellphone with their daughter with the instructions "call us every hour on the hour so we know you're safe". Kind of insulting but sure. Cut to sometime after 1 AM the girl falls asleep so they never get a call at 2 am. They come pounding at my door at 2:10 (they live 10 minutes away) to pick up their daughter who was crying because she didn't want to leave. She told me at school on Monday she was grounded for a week and never allowed at my house again. I asked why, and she said, "well because your dad doesn't have a wife, it's not safe for me there. And I didn't call my parents like I was supposed to so they thought something had happened to me". - KieraMariana

"My daughter knows better than I do!"

I worked for an online tutoring company. This one six-year-old girl was fine when working alone, but turned into a little jerk if her mom was around. Her mom did little to stop this. My boss told us to take away stars(something they could earn and trade for prizes) whenever she treated her mom poorly. It got to the point where she would sob after we took them away and her mom would start begging us to give them back. - tabapples

"The problem is the punishments."

My friend's kid is a little terror and she refuses to see it. Constantly clashes with teachers about it. The worst thing he did was after being disciplined in school and made to sit at the kindergartner's table, he flashed the kids. When informed, both my friend and his grandmother tried to shift blame: "Why was he at the little kids table?" "For being bad and hurting his seat mate." He's not disciplined at home or, when he is, it's quickly dropped because his mother doesn't want to deal with him. - rowan1981

"Open wide, honey."

I have an immediate family member that brushes her children’s teeth every morning and night. Now I don’t have kids of my own, but holding open your child’s mouth like a damn vice and scrubbing their teeth just looked a bit psychotic to me. Her son is 10. Scared the piss out of me - -TheNothing-

The other kids should stop making this poor boy so angry!

There was a kid I like to call my “demon child" in private. He was a third grader and already expressed racist thoughts, hating me because I am of Chinese descent and telling his ethnically Chinese classmates to “go back to China." He picked fights, called other teachers “ugly," threw milk at other students, and was just disruptive horrible to deal with in general (and this was in THIRD GRADE). He pulled quite a few antics, but I remember one time his mom got called in because he threw and broke some glass bottles, which could have seriously injured someone, including himself. His mom’s response? “Which child dared to do something to my son to make him so angry??!" Eventually, the other parents pressured his family until he transferred to a different school. - regisphilbin222

"Can you two have a sit-down and find a resolution?"

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" target="_blank">Reddit I run a sports program and was moving one child up to a higher level. He wasn't the most skilled, but listened well and worked hard. A kid in the previous class with him got very upset. Unfortunately, while at about the same skill level, this other kid had a terrible attitude. He complained and never listened to coaches. I figured I'd give the kid a shot though and put him in a few trial classes. Kid did horribly. So much complaining, back-talking, and couldn't do the workouts. Told them sorry, but he wasn't ready for this. Kid flips out and tells his mom he MUST be in the higher level. I explain to mom why he shouldn't, and can't be. Instead of reasoning it out she says, "well, you'll have to talk to him about it. You two can come to a decision." I had to tell her I had already made a decision, it wasn't up to him or her for that matter, and also, I was not negotiating with her nine-year-old child. - bunnythedog

You can't pick your parents. Or your wedgies.

My mom owned a daycare center, and I worked there when I wasn’t in school. There were some very unique kids and some crazy parents. The one that comes mind though had a 6-year-old son. This kid was an incredible brat, but as soon as you met his parents you understood why. He had just started school and was coming home upset because kids were making fun of him, because of his pacifier that he kept with him and used throughout the day. So his mom decided to wait with him at the school bus stop and pick him up from there. One day they were waiting and he mentioned he had a wedgie. So right there at the bus stop, in front of all the kids in his class, and the crossing guard, his mom picked it for him. Just stuck her hand down his pants and took care of it for him. She wouldn’t even let him handle his own wedgie. Needless to say, that did not help with his teasing.quoteunquoateandquote

I'd like to see him try!

A 6-year-old student's father taught him the phrase "my daddy is going to get you fired" and told him to say it whenever a teacher "mistreated him," which obviously meant whenever we tried to even remotely discipline him or ask him to do anything such as clean up after himself.DevOnDemand

Way to ruin things, mom.

I worked at a Summer Camp and we told scary stories. One of the boys in the camp couldn't sleep for the whole week because of some of the stories so his mom demanded the scary stories be banned otherwise she would basically badmouth our programs. The next Monday the boy complained to me that we couldn't tell scary stories anymore and was upset about it... Tell that to your mom.Melchizedek823

This is not OK.

I had a student who was failing pretty badly, he had a pretty bad attitude and was extremely disrespectful. When I called his father, the response was “You’re a woman, he doesn’t need to respect you." I handed the phone to a male mentor teacher pretty dumbfounded and explained the situation. The male teacher proceeded to ream the dad out and then had the kid transferred from my class to his class. The kid still failed and was still disrespectful. Not sure what the dad had to say about that but at least he couldn’t blame it on me being a woman.e-spats

Playing favorites.

I had a third-grade student whose mother felt that I favored other students over her son. She would call me and yell at me about not treating him fairly and lying. She snuck past the office a few times to come into the classroom to watch me teach (which of course is illegal and I’d have to call the office). She’d tell me and the principal that she was trying to “catch me in the act [of being dishonest]." (Of course, my principal always defended me and dealt with the parent.) As a final straw, the mother bought a watch with a voice recorder in it and the boy wore it to school. He yelled out in the middle of class suddenly, “I’m secretly recording you and you won’t teach here for much longer!" (An 8-yr-old!) Of course, the watch was confiscated and the child was moved into a different classroom, though the school district could have legally moved him into another. But the mother still never backed down and the next teacher had similar issues.daleene

Parents like this ruin everything.

I had a brief stint as a cheerleading coach. The kid gives an attitude about doing literally anything. Won’t follow any instruction and usually either sasses me or sits on her phone. Additionally, kid skips practice to snort Xanax and put it on her Snapchat. OK. I told her that if she wasn’t interested in participating, she can sit in the stands Friday night instead. Kid proceeds to go to the bathroom and calls mother (it’s not like I can actually take away their phones—try dealing with parents on THAT). Mother drives from work 30 minutes to scream at me for almost an hour. Apparently, it is my fault. Her child is the best on the team and I am clearly targeting her. She says I have destroyed her confidence and am jealous of her talent. She can do whatever she wants if she’s the best on the squad. Okay, lady. I stopped coaching after that year.brittke

The dean in this next story is my hero.

Before uni started we used to hold activities for first-year students. Nothing educational, but always good fun. Had a student show up with his mother, and she questioned everything we were doing and how it will relate to her son's studies. It didn't. We were very clear that it was all for building relationships and a bit of pre-study enjoyment. It was also a chance to meet older students and get an idea of uni life. She was having none of it. She wanted to speak with the head of the department and file an official complaint about these activities. Clearly having fun was not part of an education. The second day she came again and triumphantly said the dean is coming to talk to us. The dean did come, gave us a pep talk and said how much he enjoyed this time of the year, chugged a beer and told us to join him in the local pub later on. She was speechless and left in a huff dragging her son by the hand. Neither showed up for the rest of the week.MeanElevator

More delusional parents.

Had a kid bite another kid, had pictures of the bite mark where teeth were clearly visible and the kid admitted to biting the other kid because he got in his way. Parents said he would never bite anyone and that the picture could be of any type of injury.AngryTurtle98

There's so much to unpack here.

Kid asked where dogs came from. Not sure why; I was an English teacher. I said they were bred from wolves, and gave two common explanations for how human interaction may have started. Mom called the school, then called me, freaking out that I mentioned evolution. Turned into a whole thing.Darmok-on-the-Ocean

It sounds like this mischievous kid got what was coming to him.

Teacher here. We had a student, 5th grade, who was pretty sneaky at first. He acted innocent but he was far from it. I'll jump to the end. He stepped on someone when they were laying down during the free reading time. He would constantly talk and prevent the class from getting to lunch and specials on time and did this just to cause trouble. He hit someone with a meter stick. He would "accidentally" kick people. He stole stuff. He cursed. Mom came out and said we were singling him out and he would never do those things and told us to stop contacting her. Later he did something else, something like ripping up classroom decorations or something like that, and the principal saw it. The principal called the mom. Instead of accepting her child does wrong she pulled him out of school. Since he hadn't been doing his work this kid that was actually quite smart had all F's as transfer grades.jibberjabbery

How dare you let kids do their own crafts!

I'm a nanny on the upper east side of New York and while my boss is a good non-helicopter father, I routinely have play dates with other kids. I have a 4, 8, and 13-year-old, so I've seen it all. Here's a favorite story: A mother of one of my girl's little friends called my boss up furious and insisting he fire me because I let her child play with sidewalk paint. She was mad I made her 7-year-old use a paint brush, instead of doing the drawing for him after he told me what he wants. He could've poked his eye out with a brush according to her, and it was irresponsible.poiuylkjh2345

This one takes the cake.

The mom of a girl I went to college with had a fax line installed in her daughter’s dorm room and made her send all of her homework assignments and papers to her for edits and approval before turning anything in. The girl is now a journalist at a prominent newspaper. I’ve always wondered if her mom is still ghostwriting.Arboretum7

Of course they believed the kid and not the babysitter.

I once took a babysitting job when I was 17 to earn some extra cash. The 9-year-old child wanted to play soccer inside, I told him many times not to do it and even took the ball away. He had another one and kicked the ball all around the house completely ignoring me, he broke a lamp, some picture frames after knocking down a shelf, and a window. When the parents came home they blamed me for the damages and thought I was screwing around in the house, why? Because the kid said I was doing that, never took another babysitting job after that.Sloppy_Noodles

Because you had nothing better to do with your time.

I emailed a parent to say their child was currently passing, but could technically fail the class if the did poorly on their final project and final exam. In the ensuing parent-teacher conference, I was told I was trying to fail the student and ruin his football scholarship.zombie_barbarossa

If you've ever wondered what it's like to have the helicopter parents, this one's for you.

I didn’t answer a phone call from my parents in college and they called security at 7 am on a Saturday to knock on my dorm room to wake me up and call them. Talked to all my high school teachers prior to the first day of school to get extra books so I didn’t have to carry anything home. Sent a handwritten letter to me asking me not to go to my bf house during the week because the road was too dangerous. I was 23. Wrote my high school papers for me.flowers4u

Sorry for saving your life.

I work daily with kids in outdoor programs. I screamed at a kid who was about to run into the road while a car was coming. The only time I ever scream like that is when a child’s life is in danger. The child proceeded to have a meltdown because, as I later found out, he never gets disciplined and his parents never hold boundaries with him. His mother was there and comforted him. She wasn’t mad at me but she was saying “She is sorry she yelled at you!" and I was like “No, I’m not. I stopped him from getting hit by a car."forest-ninja

I guess all books sin?

I volunteer at a library. A mom wouldn't let her 10-year-old kid read Diary of a Wimpy Kid because "they sin."HyruleVampire

Sweet justice!

I guess this is more "helicopter aunting," but I think it still applies. I'm a college professor, so 99.9 percent of the time I never hear from my students' parents — and, legally, thanks to FERPA laws, couldn't talk to them about their students even if I wanted to. Last year, during the final week of one of the summer bridge programs for incoming freshmen I teach in, I got an email from one of my student's aunt. She wrote me a 5-page-long email (I copied it into Word because I was curious) detailing, line by line and comment by comment, why she disagreed with what I'd written on her niece's essay and the rationale I'd used to give it an F. Every. Single. One of my comments (on a 5-page essay) had a short paragraph devoted to picking apart the comment and rebutting it. In the end, she lambasted my teaching and suggested I'd failed the student out of spite. (Totally untrue — the girl could barely string together a coherent sentence, let alone a grammatically correct one.) When I told her I wasn't allowed to talk to her about her student's grades due to federal law, she called the program director and demanded I be fired. The fun twist at the end of this story, though, is that we ultimately figured out why she was so angry with my comments: Turns out she'd been writing her niece's essays all summer and had taken my comments personally. Needless to say, the student was removed from the program.arh1387

This one is just sad.

My wife was an 8th-grade reading teacher in rural Alabama. During a parent-teacher conference, she was asked: “Why does he need to know how to read, he’s going to be a farmer anyway?"Jimitex22

You could not pay me enough money to agree to this.

Had a student with major emotional and behavioral issues in third grade. Parents in complete denial that anything was wrong and refused to get him any help or support. They had a reason for everything he did. At one point they decided a lack of fiber was what was making him do things like share elaborate and disturbing stories to the other kids, hide under tables, etc. They wanted me to ask him twice a day if he had pooped yet, and email them updates.ni_higim

Helicopter parenting doesn't just happen to teachers.

I’m an insurance claims adjuster, when people call in accidents I’m assigned to figure out who’s at fault, how their insurance policy applies to the loss, etc. Got assigned a claim for a single-vehicle accident. Easy, right? Obviously the driver is at fault, a deductible is owed...easy. THEN I talk to the driver. 17 year old kid with two moms, both of them helicopter-style. Mom 1 tells me the accident is not his fault, he was driving home from work on a winding country backroad when another vehicle came left of center at him with his high beams on causing the kid to swerve into a tree. I talk to the kid, he confirms it, and adds that the oncoming vehicle never stopped after the accident and the responding officer told kid at scene that she saw the offending vehicle on her way to the scene - driving erratically, high beams, etc but couldn’t stop him because she was responding to the accident. We pause the Who’s-at-fault part of the process to wait for the police report. If it supports his story, he’s not at fault. THEN we get the report. This kid is the world's best liar, I had believed every word of his story. Police report says there were fifty feet of skidmarks on the ground, indicating the kid was driving WAY too fast for the 20mph winding country backroad. The other vehicle with the high beams who went left of center? The officer did indeed find that car, pulled over at the accident scene waiting for police, whom he told that HE had to swerve into a driveway to avoid the kid who was flying around the curve over the center line. Cops cited the kid for speeding and a marked lane violation. We told the moms about the report and that we’d have to find Kid at fault for the accident. Moms’ response? The police are lying, they are challenging the police report, they are appealing the citations, and are reporting the officer who wrote the report to the sergeant for lying, and they were leaving our insurance company because we didn’t stand up for our customer. -omgitshp

Helicopter parents who don't like their kids are the worst.

I taught piano for a few years. It's kind of the opposite of "my child can do no wrong". This mom sat in every lesson with the kid (usually only the parents of the 4-5 year olds did). This girl was probably 7 or 8 but really smart for her age. This mom had her daughter in every after school activity imaginable. She would talk about how they didn't get home until 9 most nights. This girl was super smart though but was a little wild. Any time she would mess up a song or not know the answer to a question the mom would accuse the little girl of doing it on purpose. She'd get mad if the girl got distracted (I'd be distracted too if I was going from 8 am-9 pm most days) or had too much fun with it. -Whisper5678

Don't worry: dads can helicopter too.

Preschool teacher here. I saw a horrible case of helicopter parent a while back and it was actually a dad, which isn’t common. For context, to keep everything streamlined, once the school year is in the swing of it and the kids are comfortable we have kiss and ride drop off. The parents pull up to the side door and our staff gets the kids out and gets them to class. Well we had one parent who would always park and walk his son in. Then he would stick around...all day. He would try to talk over teachers telling his kid what to do. When he was shooed out of the classroom he would wait right outside with his face pressed against the glass on the door. One time he actually tried to record the class on his phone, including other children who he had no relation to (huge no no). Finally the director of the school told him it just wasn’t acceptable so he started waiting outside in the parking lot all day. -babydollbones

What is it with parents thinking everyone is lying about their children?

I’ve had a mom who was CONVINCED her kiddo wasn’t as good as we said he was. Her son, 2, was extremely well behaved (never had to really discipline him) and every day she’d ask “How was he? Was he ok today?" And I’d tell her “he was great/fine/perfect" and give her a few little details...she complained to my boss because she felt that I was being dishonest. I don’t know if he was a monster at home or something but he hardly cried at daycare and ate all his food (she was weirdly specific about what he ate and how much of it he swallowed.) It got to the point where they had to send in another teacher around the time she usually picked him up just to have someone there to agree that he hadn’t been a little gremlin all day (my daycare is odd and only has one teacher to a room with no assistants.) -JKJM95

You don't get to break rules because it hurts your self-esteem.

I worked in a boarding school which had a large number of Chinese and Russian students, and one of the Russian boys - I think he was about 15 at the time - returned to school after the half term break with a haircut that not only contravened every point of the 'hair' section of the school's dress code but which looked absolutely ridiculous. I was delegated to accompany him to the local barber to ensure that his hair was styled acceptably, and just as he was sitting in the chair his phone rang - it was the father's PA, I kid you not. "Mr. (name) wants to know if the school will wait for (name)'s hair to grow out." (No) "Mr. (name) would like to know on what grounds you are forcing his son to have a hair cut." (I referred her to the school dress code) "Mr. (name) does not wish (name) to have a hair cut because it will lower his self-esteem." At this point I told her sorry, it's happening, and put the kid's phone in my pocket after switching it off. -[deleted user]

This mom needs to chill the heck out.

Day Care worker. Had a kid start in my classroom last summer. Mom was obviously a nervous wreck her first day, which is to be expected. Came in with her kiddo, and proceeded to sit down and play with her kid (not unusual, a lot of parents will stay and play for a minute or 5). 10 minutes pass. 15. 20. Finally, after about an hour, were ready to move to circle then snack, and mom hasn't left yet. The woman stayed the entire morning. After lunch, she scooped the kid up and said "I'm thinking she will nap better at home. We will be back after." Which they were. After the second day of her not leaving, the director stepped in and said that she couldn't stay throughout the day. The mother got really anxious when she was told this, but agreed to leave the kiddo in the room. Now obviously the kid was a ball of anxiety too, and was totally unable to be consoled by anyone. After about a half hour of her screaming, mom bursts back into the room and scoops the kiddo up, saying they would be back the next day. Apparently, when she left her in the room, she just went down to the front office and started watching our camera feeds. So then corporate stepped in and tried to work with her on their separation anxiety. So Monday of her second week, mom leaves after 15 minutes or so. An hour or so later were outside, and the director gets a call about myself and my co-teacher not being close enough to the little girl on the playground. Apparently she had parked her car so she had a view of the class and playground and was watching from there. -theberge55

School is for kids not for moms.

About twice a week a student's mother would go to all his classes with him. Any time he’d lose his attention in class or if he said something to another student she’d correct the behavior right then in front of the class. Anyone who’s a teacher knows when you need to stop class to correct a behavior and when you can wait until after class to talk to the student. 99% of her corrections could’ve waited until after class. -kaseyharrison

Currently teaching a kid who is FAR behind where he should be. At 9 years old he can’t correctly spell anything longer than 3 letters, except for his and his sister's first name (and yes, that means he can’t spell his LAST name). Gave him this past week to write words with double letters - kid wrote 8 words, with only 3 of them spelled right. However, Mum has complained to me that the work is “too easy" and he needs more difficult work! I’ve even asked this kid to spell words like ‘school’ and he has literally told me “That’s easy! I mean, I can’t spell it. But that’s so easy to spell!" -background-character

A cult is not the same as a good therapist. Who knew?

Administrator at a private school. So many stories but a great one is that our school is a privately run business owned by a crazy husband and wife. Their two sons went to the school up until sixth and fifth grade. The mom who was the head of school would never accept when teachers said her younger son was having trouble in class. He didn’t do any work, was mean to other kids, hurt them, said crazy things, swore at teachers and just generally had some serious social emotional issues. My bosses were crazy and were involved in this weird executive leadership training/therapy organization (aka a cult) and made their boys start going to therapy with the main cult leader for their social emotional issues. The cult leader thought they were fine and nothing was wrong so the kids weren’t tested or saw a real therapist. Eventually they had to pull their kids to go to public school because they weren’t learning anything with their parents around. Less than a year later the younger kid gets kicked out of his public school. Apparently the mom would show up to meetings at school and act like a total psycho and insist she knew more than the teachers because she was a head of school. Her and her husband, who was our CFO, would get into screaming matches at the school as well and had to be told to leave on multiple occasions. -sransransran

Awards are deeply important to every child's future.

My boyfriend is a band director. First, the parent called the school board because they weren't having an end of the school year banquet...they were having an ice cream party instead. Since it was less formal, she was worried her precious baby wouldn't win any awards. Boyfriend was only planning on giving two awards anyway, neither of which said child could win because they weren't a rookie or a senior. School board says to keep doing what you're doing to the Boyfriend. -Secret_Life_Shh

It's very important to wake up babies regularly. Everyone knows this.

I worked in the infant room at a day care. We had a 3-month-old start that came in for 4.5 hours Monday through Thursday, and 6.5 hours on Fridays. He had a pretty normal routine for his age. Since he was there so few hours, most of his time there was spent napping, eating, and getting diaper changes but we did try to incorporate all of the developmental activities on the curriculum while he was awake. About a month in, his parents met with our director and expressed disappointment that he was sleeping so much because they didn't feel he was learning anything. They wanted us to wake him up 30 minutes into his nap and do activities with him. If you're unfamiliar with babies, for the first few months they sleep a lot which is healthy for their development. Ironically, the best thing for his brain WAS to sleep! -bendelaganza

Teachers should take their off time to personally tutor students, right?

My computer class was middle schoolers. They had a HUGE project that involved a PowerPoint and a paper. I gave them time in class for about a month to work on it, ask questions, etc...along with their daily work. One girl REFUSED to do any work. Sat with her arms crossed and just wouldn't do anything. I gave out rubrics, graded what they had done weekly, and she was getting zeros. At the end, the final project was due, and she got a big fat zero on it. Adding that to all the work she hadn't done in the 4 weeks, her grade was an F. Her parent came in and bitched about me, telling the principal that I was singling her out, not giving her a chance to do the work, that her child did not understand the work. This was all in front of me. I had proof to show that she had been given class time and that every single one of her peers had completed the weekly work AND the project on time, and most got done early. Then the parent changed the story to her child didn't feel comfortable in the classroom and I should take my personal computer to McDonalds and have lunch with her and let her work on the project and turn it in. I told the parent that I would not be doing that, that she had ample time in class to work and that her choice to not work had consequences. The principal was actually taking the parent's side, but I held firm. I did not change her grade, and she had to repeat computers the next semester. Luckily, I was gone. -lucy_inthessky

You never know what trouble a kid will get up to 4 blocks from home.

My friend, who is currently going into high school with me, is not allowed to bike off of his block by himself, and when he is with his friends he is not allowed to leave our 3 block by 3 block grid. It's as if his parents don’t want him going anywhere. One time his mom legit called him and told him to come back home. His response? “ Why? It's such a nice day, do you want me sitting inside playing video games?" Her response “ on a day like this, yes." It was about 80 degrees out so it's not like he was gonna die of heatstroke. -itwasthecontroller

Helicopter parenting may also have a cultural element to it.

Former English teacher in Korea here. Read a lot of the stories here and can tell you that the Helicopter parenting is very different in Korea. They would come to class not really to watch their child but to watch me how I react to their child's misbehavior. They expected me to have a strong hand like a drill sergeant and when I had a soft touch they would intervene and lay into their child and then apologize to me. But later I would get these complaints from the principle that parents wanted me to be more strict and make these kids listen. These kids were 5 and 6 years old and I didn't really see what the problem was because we didn't have any behavior issues and we were having fun. -epsilonzer0

Even Sunday school isn't safe from helicopter parents.

So, I help my mom with two and three year olds Sunday school once a month in a class, there are these one Parents we call "The Hoverers" (play on their last name, which obviously I won't say) because they will not leave their daughter alone in class for shit! They kept her in the nursery until she was three instead of taking her to class, always come in late, and stay with her the whole time. She's a really quiet, timid, shy, and cute girl, but she rarely plays with others and just wants her parents. Her dad literally walked beside her in the tiny classroom, and holds her the whole time, the mom was also always there to, and instead of leaving their kid they would turn the TV up really loud to watch the preacher in the room. Once another kid was playing around her and acting like he was going to throw something, he shielded her and started mouthing off a three year old, he's not even supposed to be there, we're supposed to take care of the kids and were already handling it. -DriftingBlade

This is full on the funniest excuse ever created.

My mom has been a middle school teacher in a wealthy area for a little over 10 years. She had a student who would consistently be dropped off in the middle of the day by their parent because they just didn't want to come to school. Their parent took them to a psychologist/psychiatrist (idk which) who diagnosed them with "school aversion". So more or less the conversation went, "why is Johnny showing up late every day?" "Oh, he's been diagnosed with school aversion". -Kmac14

This woman has no idea what abuse is.

One day I was in the infant room with one of the teachers who is normally in there. Well, the mom comes in and her child is in a swing. She had been dozing off and would sometimes wake up crying. This mom picks her child up and starts snuggling her- normal things. No problem. In this room we have 2 rocking chairs for feeding and the mom is sitting in one.  Time continues on she’s still sitting in this chair while my coworker and I are trying to take care of all the other children. She then tells me that her baby had pooped and asked if I could change her- sure no problem. The child barely had a skid in her diaper.. but you know, new moms. After I changed her, I figured she would leave.. boy was I wrong. She continued to sit and watch my coworker and I while we cared for the other children. I had to feed another child sitting on the floor bc the other rocking chair was taken by my coworker and this mom was STILL sitting in our room. So while I’m sitting on the floor feeding this other child his bottle, one of the older infants come up (she’s a happy girl who sometimes gets excited and waves her arms around like a crazy person) the little girl looks at the lil boy I’m feeding and gets all happy and just slightly grazed his face. No marks and he didn’t cry. The mom of this other child proceeds to tell me that him getting hit in the face is my fault, like she was trying to shame me? I just blew it off and finished going about my job. She eventually left and my coworker and I were like what the fuck. The next day I go in and I’m talking to the other infant teachers and they told me this mom had sent in an email to our director saying that when she came in her baby was being neglected and was screaming in a swing and that she had a blow out and was left to sit in it and that the teachers in there had no idea what they were doing. -ashellwhore

Helicoptering is not always what it seems.

During morning breakfast, a mom would come in and watch her daughter. Thing is, after each visit, the food tray that stored the fruit, potatoes etc for the kids would be empty. We’d have more than enough for the kids plus we’d recycle it for lunch. One day a couple of students came and told me how the mom was scooping food into plastic bags and putting it into her knapsack. I got another teacher and the VP in on the activity and so we watched. Sure enough. Turned out the Mom was only helicoptering for the “free food". -bpr2

Mom must know exactly what child is doing every second of every day.

I work at a daycare. We have one kid whose mother always needs to know how long he's slept and how many ounces of water he drinks every day. He's not allowed to watch TV at all or listen to most music. And heaven forbid if he hurts himself! His mom will flip out. She also complained about the teachers hugging the kids, so we're not allowed to do that anymore.  -nevercanon

It's always a good sign when your helicopter parenting leads to your child sitting in urine-soaked clothing for 30 minutes.

Preschool: our policy was that kids had to be out of diapers in order to attend. We obvs understood that the 3 and 4 year olds would have accidents, possibly even daily. Each child was to be sent with a gallon plastic zipperbag containing a dry change of clothes which the student was to change into under their own power. As in, here are your clothes, sweety go change out of your wet things and put dry clothes on. ONE parent refused to provide the dry clothes bag. INSTEAD she demanded to be notified each time so she could come in, lay her angel on the office floor, and change her kid like a damn BABY. Yeah. She insisted child hang out in wet clothes for approx half hour or longer so she could go through this crazy jazz in order to Be There. -LadyBillie

This is going to give me nightmares for years.

When I was a kid (around 10) I took violin lessons because I just loved this instrument for as long as I could remember but to be honest I wasn't really good at it. Often the teacher would teach to two students at the same time and it would often be the same pair. My lesson buddy was this younger boy (around 7-8 years old) who was so good at playing the violin, he was way ahead of me even tho he was years younger than me. I knew his mother was strict but one day the music school organized an event where students of all instruments would play for parents and locals (it was a fairly small village) along with some food served. Me and all other violin students played too, this boy played perfectly except one note, right after we all finished his mother stormed out of the crowd towards him and slapped him hard in front of everyone then proceeded to yell at him for doing one mistake. -readitonreddits

This all sounds incredibly suspicious.

So there was this kid who was a frequent flier for getting in trouble and his mother was this woman who immigrated here from Haiti, thick accent, and fully believed that the school had it out for her son. She constantly said that his teachers were lying about his behavior, other kids were lying that he had done thing, that the kid in the fight with him had simultaneously hit her son, bruised her sons knuckles, and gave himself a fat lip. She at some point accused one of our black VP’s of being racist against her and her son... who was also black. Our school had just got cameras installed and her son got caught stealing from another student on camera. The kid denied it and then his mother came in for the meeting and also denied it. They showed her the tape where you can clearly see the kid reach into a backpack and take the item. They continue to deny. The administration suspends the kid and tells him his discipline points are now over the allowance and he has to attend night school. The mom flips out and starts telling his VP that she’s going to curse him and use voodoo on him and make him regret what he’s done to her son. Then she started chanting something in another language. Security had to escort her from the building. About a week later the VP starts to get a tickle in his throat. Over time it developed into a constant rhythmic hacking cough. His doctor told him that he’s developed a neurological disorder similar to Tourette’s and there is no cure for it. For the rest of his life he will suffer coughing fits every few minutes. -PantsIsDown

What if helicopter parents enlisted their other children to helicopter too?

When I was working in the infant room, we had this one little boy who was sweet, but his mom was straight up insane and hated all of the teachers. This kid was a puker, meaning he would spit up quite a bit after eating, I'm pretty sure he had acid reflux, but she decided he was allergic to dairy. So we are as accommodating as we can be, no dairy in his meals or snacks, no milk. Kid is still spitting up, going through two or three outfits a day. Crazy mom decides we are sneaking him dairy against her wishes, goes to the director and screams about us not following her orders. So we have to ask her everyday if it's ok to feed him that meal. Still he throws up. Finally she just starts bringing in those packages kids meals for him to eat during the week. Guess what the first meal she brought in was? MAC AND FUCKIN CHEESE. so we don't give that him, crazy mom again loses her shit because he's supposed to eat what she brings, when I point out that make and cheese has dairy in, she starts yelling about how it's fine for him to eat COOKED dairy, but not raw dairy. The best part was when her other child who was five comes in on Monday morning and goes "I bet you were feeding him dairy all last week, because he threw up a bunch at home!" -faithmauk

The worst helicopters are the ones who follow their kids to college.

I worked for a company that hired college aged kids to do dishes a few hours a week. They got paid and free meals so a ton of kids were interested. They had to complete all of the employment documents to work there. One guy said he needed to talk to his Mom first which isn’t really all that uncommon. Lots of first time jobs and the W-4 can be confusing if their parents are still claiming them on their taxes. I later got a call from his mother telling me he shouldn’t have to complete all of the documentation because he was too busy. I told her if he wants the job, I need the paperwork. An hour later she sent me an email with all his documentation completed and highlighted exactly where her son was to sign and told me he would be there at 3:00 to sign where indicated. He was a Junior in college. -leonthedogfacedboy

If you helicopter hard enough you can change the world! Or at least one school district.

Our entire school district, 38,000 students, 55 schools, is changing how we code certain classes this next school year all because of a single parent at my school. She complained enough at the school and up the ranks of the school board that they decided to make the change. All because of a misunderstanding with her child's schedule, this parent was a legit nightmare. Happy to say he won't be returning to our school this year, she's someone else's problem now! -dearmisscarrie

Why have your child work when you can just do everything for them?

I teach programming Mom took the time to complete an entire academic quarter of her son's work. Submitted it all perfectly under his account. The kid had aspirations to be a software developer. How did I find out? We had a test where students had to improve their program to loop and keep score, and the kid tells me "hold up I need to ask my mom how she did this, can I go down to the office to call her?" We had a wonderful meeting later that week. Mom didn't see a problem. I asked her what happens when he has an interview. She had no answer. -zomgitsduke

My job is to be a mother!

My mother who is a teacher, had a student get a B on a quiz, and his mother proceeds to call a meeting with my mom and the principal to discuss why he is doing so poorly, and then later quits her job just to make sure he only gets all A’s. Her son was in 3rd grade. -ScremnPenguin

Clearly the problem here is the PC police.

So one time my mum got pulled over on the playground by a teacher who told her that my brother (who was 8 at the time) had been singing a pretty racially insensitive song, they hadn’t told my brother off but wondered if my mum would talk to him- they don’t want any upset kids in their class after all. The teacher wasn’t nasty toward my mum or even my brother, she just thought it’d be better if my mum had a quick word, thought it might be better dealt with that way. My mum saw RED. ‘They’re targeting my child, how dare they, fucking political correctness’ etc etc. Later that week she filed a complaint (completely out of spite) saying that ‘white culture was being infringed upon’ because of the above incident and because they learned about African dances and performed one in assembly. -tiny_venus

If you can't helicopter parent enough by yourself, enlist a friend or sibling.

I'm not a teacher, but at a parent/teacher conference for my daughter, I saw some shit from another parent. I was waiting outside the classroom, this bitch had run over my time slot. Anything the teacher said about the kid, the mom had to (loudly) argue. I'm just sitting there in the hall listening to this shitshow when another woman waltzes into the classroom. The mom says "this is my sister ____, she's a teacher. She can tell you that he's doing fine" and then the SISTER goes at it too and starts going off on why our kid's teacher is wrong, little Timmy is perfect and smart and right on track. -rlw0312

The best way to get your child a job is to yell at anyone who rejects them, right?

I was screening job applications and sent an email to one 24 year old saying thank you for your application but unfortunately this time you have been unsuccessful... I got a phone call from his mum shouting at me saying he was perfect for the job and how DARE we turn him down. -[deleted user]

Sometimes the shortest stories tell it all.

One quick one: I had a student in grade 5 with stomach pains. Asked if he needed to use the washroom. Told me he couldn't because his Mom wasn't there to wipe his bum. -futhee

Here's an example of "helicopter parenting" gone right:

I'll throw in the BEST case of Helicopter parenting I've ever seen. And I mean this is how it should be done. The wife and I took her little ones to the park, they were 4 and 6 I think. There was a boy there maybe 8 or 9, alone, with just his mom. The two of them were running around the play structure playing tag. She was leaping up the slide to chase him, swinging over bars running over obstacles and both laughing and having a flipping blast. My wife and I looked at each other and said we NEED to start playing with our kids like that. And I'll tell you what, it's a WORKOUT. Kudos to that mom of a single boy who ROCKED parenting that day.YouCantNameMe Share this with one of your cool parent friends!