helicopter dad

helicopter parenting

noun Informal.
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:
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
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Main Entry:  helicopter dad
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See helicopter parent
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