helicopter parent

noun

Definition of helicopter parent

: a parent who is overly involved in the life of his or her child

Examples of helicopter parent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wade is aware of the critics who deem him a helicopter parent and contend the players should fight their own battle. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, 18 Aug. 2020 Children ride bikes with no helicopter parents in sight. Carol Pogash, New York Times, 10 Mar. 2020 And the proud human mamas and papas monitoring the 6-inch-long venomous snakes hover over the youngsters — though at a safe distance — like helicopter parents. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Oct. 2019 Work as family and the original helicopter parents. S. Mitra Kalita For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 2 Feb. 2020 For this group, there is only one way to do it: Imitate us, the people who are the helicopter parents, whose parents were professionals, whose presidential candidates are Rhodes scholars or presidents of the Harvard Law Review. Thomas Geoghegan, The New Republic, 20 Jan. 2020 According to Amaker, Mo Lewis is no helicopter parent. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Dec. 2019 The same goes for the millions of other helicopter parents and tiger moms who pay private-school tuition in hopes of getting their child into First Choice University. Andrew G. Biggs, National Review, 2 Dec. 2019 My mother, Nurse Vivian, had been a helicopter parent since Leonardo da Vinci designed the aerial screw. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of helicopter parent

1989, in the meaning defined above

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“Helicopter parent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helicopter%20parent. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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