One of my recent humour columns was prompted by an incident in the U.S., where over-zealous parents caused the cancellation of an annual Easter egg hunt after they rushed in and grabbed eggs for their children.
Although my intentions were humorous, the column sparked this rather serious email from a reader:
“I can’t thank you enough for your wonderful article on Helicopter parents. I totally identified with this and I am currently ‘reaping what I sowed’ with my son’s bad choices and his life damaging decisions. Unfortunately for me, I recognized this too late as he is 23 years old now. He never suffered the consequences of his actions as I was his shelter and protector. I over-protected him and always bailed him out. We kept a lot between us so everyone would like him. Now he doesn’t speak to his step-dad or me. I hope more parents read this article and change before it is 23 years too late.”