a style of child rearing in which
an overprotective mother or father discourages a child's independence by being too involved in the child's life: In typical helicopter parenting, a mother or father swoops in at any sign of challenge or discomfort.
Origin: Related forms
1985–90; so called because such a parent ‘hovers’ like a helicopter
helicopter parent, noun
helicopter mom, helicopter mother, noun
helicopter dad, helicopter father, noun