Helicopter parents are parents who call the teacher or college professor to tell the professor to change the grade of their child. How insane is that? When I was a child and came home with a bad grade, my mother would tell me to study harder and get better grades. It would have been unthinkable for my mother to call the teacher to try to protect me. If you are parents, you are the parents of the children rather than their friend. It is really important to provide good role modeling, safety guidance and helping your child to learn lessons about life rather than protecting them because you want to be their buddy. You are their parent rather than their buddy.