I’m Proud To Be | #BehindTheBlogger
There are so many things that I am proud to be…yes, the obvious is that I am Proud to be an American – how patriotic – although I must admit that it is getting harder and harder not to be completely embarrassed by that statement as well, given the current administration; but I digress.
I actually want to discuss something else that I am proud of, whether other people agree or not. I know that this topic is one that mommies everywhere have an opinion on, so I am sure there will be some comments, but at this point, I am not sure I really care.
I am PROUD to be a helicopter mom – I wear the badge with pride. No, I don’t believe that it makes me a better parent that anyone else, but it DOES make me a better parent for my kids. You see, my job is to raise my children in the way that I deem best. I am to make sure that they stay safe, and make it to adulthood, so they can go forth in the world and conquer whatever it is that their hearts are set on.
In order to do that, I actually have to keep them SAFE; this world is not like it was when I was growing up. I don’t feel safe letting my kids walk to the park alone, ride their bikes around the neighborhood, stay over at someone’s house, or even play with the neighborhood kids. For some, that is extreme, but my kids are not suffering for it. In fact, I would wager that my kids know more about what happens in the REAL world, than those kids that can do whatever they want.
I don’t hide the news from them, they know that about the evil in the world, and even the evil right here in the city we live in. It is not my job to let me kids do what they want so that they can be like their friends. It IS my job to prepare them for life, and for my family, that means actually being present and keeping them from dangerous situations, when I can.
In addition, as an Autism Mom, not paying attention to what my kids are doing, can mean the difference between life and death. I choose life, my husband chooses life, my kids choose life. So yes, I am PROUD to be a helicopter mom, I don’t care if you agree. What is best for MY family, will ALWAYS be different that what is best for YOUR family. I respect your choices, please respect mine.
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