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helicopter parenting

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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.
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Origin of helicopter parenting

First recorded in 1985–90; so called because such a parent "hovers" like a helicopter
Related formshelicopter parent, nounhelicopter mom, helicopter mother, nounhelicopter dad, helicopter father, noun
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