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If you're going to fly a helicopter, only descend when necessary.




Parents are often considered children’s first teachers and playmates. Indeed, research has consistently shown that when children are struggling with a task and need help, parental support can be beneficial. Based on this, parents have been encouraged by researchers and educators to support their children’ learning.


The Russian psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, was the first one to underscore the important role parental scaffolding plays in child development (1). Indeed, many studies have shown that parental scaffolding and responsive parenting contribute to development of better self-regulation behaviors and executive function skills in young children (2-5).


Following this advice, parents today spend more time than ever engaging with their children. However, oftentimes this results in parental over engagement: a tendency to intervene too much and not allow the children to figure out things for themselves. Unfortunately, as with other things, too much of a good thing can be bad, and this