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Are You A Helicopter Or An Empowering Parent?

Even the best-intentioned parents struggle with “doing for” their children. Under the guise of “protecting” them, we as parents instead might be stifling and limiting their growth. For sure, as we watch (sometimes too closely) our children advancing in school or doing certain first-time experiences, we are confronted with the reality of the child growing up and threatening our parental attachment. This notion of "letting go" can create levels of anxiety most parents could not have prepared for, with an intensity they did not expect.” (Janis Leslie Evans) But let go we most, for their (and sometimes our) own good. Fill out the fun yet informative quiz below to help you ascertain whether you’re a power-providing parent setting your child up to fly or a hovering helicopter!

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Once you’re done the quiz (and on a more serious note), below are more questions to consider…

  • Do I feel the need to control all situations my child may encounter? 
  • Do I struggle to set boundaries with my child?
  • Do I provide my child with everything s/he requests?
  • Do I need to control what tasks my child masters?

Remember, you don’t want to be someone who cares “too much” for your child. It is possible to have too much of a seemingly good thing. “When a parent hovers, trying to anticipate their child’s every need, the child may not develop adequate confidence in their own judgment and ability.” (Psychology Today).  

Instead, you want your child to develop independence and be empowered!

“When parents are attuned to their children and clearly convey their caring feelings, children develop the ability to express themselves, to trust and have confidence in themselves and to be comfortable in their own skin.” (Psychology Today)

Positive signs that you are fostering your child’s independent growth:

  • Can I let my child venture on her/his own?
  • Do I set clear expectations of freedom based on my child’s maturity levels?
  • Can I delineate between my worries and those of my child?
  • Do I let my child come to me with his/her issues?

Kupugani touches on all the core values and enrichment that we hope to instill in our [child]. My husband and I absolutely love Camp Kupugani. Our [child] gained immensely from camp.

Lisa G.

Everyone…was just so, so personable, kind, and the kind of person I want
my [child] looking up to and spending time with.

Laura V.

[My daughter’s] face lights up when she speaks about camp, it’s a priceless experience.

Kenya P.

I have never come in contact with such a wonderful group of people at a camp before. Everyone did an outstanding job, the camp was so organized, it was unbelievable.

Joe M.

She absolutely loves the camp, the staff, and all the friends she makes there. I consider Kupugani to be a big influence in helping her grow and expand her mind each summer.

Luci A.

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