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Land The Helicopter: Parenting That Doesn't Hover


Vicki Hoefle of Middlebury has been a parenting educator for 25 years. "I got into this as a new mother," she says. "I was fairly certain that I would be a crappy mother and I needed to get my act together before I ruined my first kid."

Part of that effort was developing a parenting style that avoids extremes like helicopter parenting, in which parents watch carefully over a child's every decision. Over the years, Hoefle has created a suite of parenting strategies that are aimed at raising resilient and self-reliant kids. In working with families, she tries to reduce the judgments parents make of themselves and their kids and focus on building kids' life skills through experiences, sometimes bumpy ones.  On the next Vermont Edition, we talk with Hoefle about her approach, espoused in the book, Duct Tape Parenting: A Less Is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible & Resilient Kids.

Also in the program, a new report by the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation says there are disparities in gender and geography when it comes to which Vermont high school seniors go on to post-secondary education. We learn more from VSAC president and CEO Scott Giles.

Broadcast live on Tues., May 13, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Steve has been with VPR since 1994, first serving as host of VPR’s public affairs program and then as a reporter, based in Central Vermont. Many VPR listeners recognize Steve for his special reports from Iran, providing a glimpse of this country that is usually hidden from the rest of the world. Prior to working with VPR, Steve served as program director for WNCS for 17 years, and also worked as news director for WCVR in Randolph. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Steve also worked for stations in Phoenix and Tucson before moving to Vermont in 1972. Steve has been honored multiple times with national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his VPR reporting, including a 2011 win for best documentary for his report, Afghanistan's Other War.
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