Received Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I observed this yesterday, (10/15) at the playground on E. 76th. in NYC. One helicopter mom wearing a lightweight red jacket, blue designer jeans and slides was playing with, hovering over her curly haired, blonde boy of maybe 3 y.o. Nearby, a boy of the same age was playing and he was holding a plastic 4-WD, lime green vehicle that was the size of a coffee cup. This little boy was driving the truck up and down the equipment, the sidings, the steps and having a good, independent time. Then he neared where this boy was and then he drove his vehicle on to the back of the other little boy. Helicopter mom said, "oh, no, no. no" or something like that. Then the little boy with the 4 WD toy's nanny came over and dragged him away by his earlobe telling him he was 'naughty'. Is this a case of helicopter moms making it hard for other children to play? Helicopter moms making it hard for nannies to comprehend whether or not their charges actually did something wrong? Or just a crappy nanny who shouldn't be dragging a kid away by his earlobe and calling him naughty? This nanny wore a tan shirt with horizontal stripes and brown pants, she had very dark hair, fair skin and was Hispanic of limited English abilities.