How I Became an Accidental Helicopter Parent

Ego is rarely a rational beast.

Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash

Jackson and I rushed through the school hallways careful not to slip on the rivers of melted snow and mud on the linoleum floors. We were late for our scheduled conference with his fourth grade teacher.

Though I’d left work right at 3:00, planning to pick Jackson up on the way (they had the day off school), I…