A ‘helicopter parent’ is a common term used for parents who ‘hover’ over their child very closely without letting them out of their sight to exert any independence. It usually has a negative connotation of being too over-protective. It is however a subjective term and most likely a judgement call made by others who don’t know the full circumstances of the parent and child.
Screen time forms a normal part of our daily lives, however growing research is discovering the negative impacts of excessive screen time on many aspects of your child’s behaviour, learning and development at different ages. Current guidelines recommend no screen time for children under two years, and less than an hour per day for children 2-5 years.
Setting up a calming feed-sleep-play routine, and recognising and acting on your little one’s tired cues early will help your them settle and sleep. Tired cues may include the obvious such as yawning and drifting eyes, to the less obvious such as general fussiness. When you recognise your child’s tired signs, make sure they have a clean nappy and settle them in a calm and comfortable environment.