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Helicopter parenting is far more prevalent than moms and dads think — it could be hurting our kids, here’s why

Don’t think you’re a helicopter parent? 

Maybe it’s time to think again.

A new Mott Poll Report from University of Michigan Health reveals that parents of children between the ages of 5 and 11 may be hovering over their kids a little more than expected.

The poll, published on Monday by the university, asked a sample of 1,044 parents about their beliefs and actions related to their children’s independence.

Sarah Clark, co-director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, reflected on the results in an interview with Fox News Digital, revealing that while parents “generally understand” that their child must develop independence, they’re having trouble putting it into action.

“Do your own thing, use your own instinct,” she went on. 

“Nobody knows your child better than you do, so don’t judge the parent next door.”

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Angelica Stabile is a lifestyle writer for Fox News Digital.

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