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helicopter parenting

noun, Informal
1.
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
1985-1990
1985-90; so called because such a parent ‘hovers’ like a helicopter
Related forms
helicopter parent, noun
helicopter mom, helicopter mother, noun
helicopter dad, helicopter father, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for helicopter parent

helicopter parent

noun
1.
a parent who is excessively involved in the life of his or her child
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Contemporary definitions for helicopter parent
noun

a mother or father that hovers over a child; an overprotective parent; also helicopter mom , helicopter dad

Examples

We seem to live in the time of helicopter parents.

Word Origin

1991

Usage Note

slang

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