Look! It’s a bird…It’s a plane…No, It’s a Helicopter mom!
According to Wikipedia a helicopter mom is “a parent who pays extremely close attention to a child's or children's experiences and problems, particularly at educational institutions. Helicopter moms are so named because, like helicopters, they hover overhead.”
There are some notable examples of helicopter moms in Scripture.
Sarah, for example, was so enmeshed with her son Isaac that she orchestrated the banishment of his step-brother, Ishmael, to ensure that he’d have no competition.
Rebekah was so enmeshed with her son Jacob that she orchestrated the reassignment of his father’s blessing away from Esau to Jacob instead.
God had already ordained that Isaac was the son of promise through whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed. This was inevitable whether Sarah had intervened to banish Hagar and Ishmael or not. Who knows, perhaps there’d be fewer tensions in the Middle East today had she not subjected them to such cruel treatment.
God had already ordained that Jacob should receive his father’s blessing. He didn’t need Rebekah’s help in fulfilling His will and promise.
Moms, you don’t have to hover overhead, attempting to micro-manage and control every detail of your child’s life in order to secure their favor and success. Remember, God loves them even more than you do, and He is quite capable of ensuring that their lives play out as they should without any intervention from you.
“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).