by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Thanks again for participating in our Helicopter Parent Quiz.
Now, come on… even before you took this quiz, if you had heard the term you probably immediately knew whether you were or were not a helicopter parent, but perhaps this quiz can help you see just how much of one you are!
For every always response, give yourself 5 points. For every sometimes response, give yourself 3 points. For every never response, give yourself 0 points.
Add up the points and use our guide to determine your helicopter parent status:
60-75 pts. — Dangerous Territory. Your low-flying tactics are raising major dust clouds that could hinder the growth of your college student. You need to pull up and gain altitude by letting your student make some of his or her own decisions.
45-59 pts. — Overly Involved. You swoop down too close occasionally, but at least allow your child to make some of his or her own decisions. Still, try to fly a little higher and let your child live his or her life.
30-44 pts. — Involved. Your status is that of a concerned parent who is probably involved at just the right level with your child’s life. To be sure, ask your child about your role and how you could work together to improve it.
Under 30 pts. — Grounded. Not necessarily a bad place to be, but you might be a bit too hands-off with your child. College students want and need counsel and advice, so consider asking your child how you could be a bit more involved in his or her life.
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