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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British Dictionary definitions for helicopter parent
a parent who is excessively involved in the life of his or her child
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