Jessica Rowe has sparked a debate on parenting methods after posting a picture of a baby sleeping snugly in a pram left outside a café.
“For a helicopter parent like me – this makes me break out into a sweat! But all over Reykjavik families leave their babies outside cafes, shops etc… I’m told ‘fresh air is good for them.”
Rowe is referring to the Scandinavian tradition of leaving your babies outside in the cold to sleep (wrapped up warm in a pram of course).
But for an Aussie girl used to well, as Rowe puts it – “hovering” – the sight was a bit of a shock.
In 2013 Rowe, in her usual candid way, came out as a helicopter mum.
Jessica Rowe says she is proud to be a helicopter mum. Image via Ten.
“I've had enough of the guilt-mongering. I'm a hoverer and I'm proud of it,” she told Sunday Life.
“I am a helicopter parent. I hover close to my girls. It's not as if I've chosen to be this type of parent, for to do anything else is not in my genetic make-up. I used to turn my newborn daughter's baby monitor up to full volume just to make sure I didn't miss a sound she made – even if the noise of trucks passing outside caused much more static and disruption to my sleep than she ever did.”
Oh I hope I'm turning into an elf!! Love the folklore about 'hidden people' in Iceland! Did you know there's an elf school here!! ❄️❄️❄️ @sundaylifemag @airbnb #LiveThere #airbnb A photo posted by Jessica Rowe (@jessjrowe) on May 29, 2016 at 11:53pm PDT