Comments: TEAMWORK

I would say that the "helicopter parent" thing isn't an issue here. She went to her father who did everything he could to help her. Maybe a little more than most people would have (especially with the refrigerator thing. LOL). But he didn't follow her to college and try to make her change things. He waited to be asked then pitched in. That's the real difference. Many parents don't wait to be asked - they just waltz in and take over everything.

I was wondering how she would fare after she left home, but it seems she's been able to keep the weight off. That's excellent. She sounds like a person who needs lots of activity to keep herself from overeating. Her father had her in a very controlled environment, but it looks like she was able to make the leap to being on her own when she got to a certain point.

Posted by Teresa at September 16, 2007 04:41 PM

Crap, I guess I wasn't being clear. I meant lots of young people these days ask too much of their parents. But they want their parents to give them easy solutions and superficial help. I didn't mean that this was an example of helicopter parents; this is an example of what kind of help a parent really can and should give. She wanted help losing weight and her dad did all he could to really help, not just listen to her whine and tell her she's beautiful how she is and that society just needs to accept her. That's why I like the story: it's NOT helicopter parenting.

Posted by Sarah at September 16, 2007 05:49 PM

LOL - I see what you mean now. And you're right. Her father went above and beyond and made sure she did what she needed to do. I have to admit, I don't know if I would have done quite that much!!! Like I said though - good for them both!

Posted by Teresa at September 17, 2007 11:49 AM