I sat here laughing because I love all things 'aviation' and the thought of a helicopter parent makes my head hurt.
Just take a stool, set it up under a room fan and stick your head into the vanes.....same principle?
Parents should be flight school/tanker parents.
Sit the kids down near a runway, do a little demonstration, then put them into a simulator.
Let them crash and burn a few times, then take them up for a little instruction (don't forget to teach them how and when to use a parachute......they may have to bail out?) let them solo and give them their wings.
Let the kids buzz about for a while then, if needed?
Give them a little fuel to make it a little farther on their trip.
No need to hover, just be there to give them a little help.
About the parachute?
Some kids will need one - flying isn't a perfect science and giving the kid a chance to bail out is part of the 'life curriculum'. No need to shame them when they do have to bail out.
It's about giving them a choice.
My parents gave me my instruction, parachute and wings.
I have crash and burned, bailed out and flown higher than I ever thought I could.
It's not about black or white, It's about how blue the sky is and being able to go as high as I want.
And when I need to set it down..........