Will You Be a Cool Mom or a Helicopter Mom?

By: Jennifer Post
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About This Quiz

The term "helicopter mom" originated from child researchers Foster Cline and Jim Fay in 1990. They coined the term to refer to a parent who hovers over a child so much so that it hinders the child's ability to be independent. These parents would attend play dates and constantly be watching over their child to make sure they were sharing, playing fair, not eating anything they shouldn't, not touching anything they shouldn't, etc. The child is always being supervised, and if they do anything out of step, the parent swoops in and controls the situation.

A cool mom, on the other hand, lets her kid eat a bit of dirt knowing it helps build immunity, lets their kid try new things (within reason), doesn't try to control every situation and is just more laid back overall. One version of parenting is not better than the other, and one type of mother doesn't love their child more than the other. It really comes down to personal preference, and a lot of times, the way the mother was raised plays a big part in it. Allowing your kids to get hurt every once in a while will help them deal with pain and be less afraid. However, every mother wants to prevent their child from getting hurt, so the urge to protect at all costs is there. Will you be a cool mom or a helicopter mom? Take this quiz to find out!

Are you a worrier?

Do you like to work outside of the home?

What is your favorite dessert?

Are you a good listener?

What were you like growing up?

What were your parents like when you were growing up?

How do you handle stressful situations?

Are you good at expressing yourself?

Do you like to go out to eat?

How much TV is too much in one day?

Are you okay with people not thinking the same way as you?

Do you wish your parents were more strict with you?

Do you consider children's problems to be legitimate?

How do you feel about the phrase "kids will be kids"?

What is closest to your current job?

How do you feel when you aren't in control?

Which drink do you prefer?

How important is it for your kids to go to college?

Do you like to read?

Do you take physical notes or mental notes?

Do you do what you can for the environment?

Are you more introvert or extroverted?

Do you like cooking for big groups of people?

How many kids do you want?

What kind of friend are you?

Do you like to stick to a schedule?

How is your gut instinct?

How do you get your point across to people?

Do you think kids should be included in family decisions?

In your mind, when does a kid become old enough to make decisions for themselves?

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