Helicopter-parent meaning

The definition of a helicopter parent is someone who hovers around their child trying to protect them and encourage them, whether their child needs them or not.

An example of a helicopter parent is a mother who asks if she can come to her child’s band practice each day.

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A parent who is overly involved in the life of his or her child.
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A parent who pays an inordinate amount of attention to their children and often makes decisions, particularly educational ones, normally the province of the student.
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Origin of helicopter-parent

  • So called because such a parent is likened to a military or police helicopter hovering overhead
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From the tendency to hover over their children's lives, like a helicopter.
    From Wiktionary