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.

Nearby words

  1. helicopod gait,
  2. helicopt,
  3. helicopter,
  4. helicopter gunship,
  5. helicopter parent,
  6. helicopter view,
  7. helicospore,
  8. helicotrema,
  9. heliculture,
  10. helideck

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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