helicopter parent

noun

Definition of helicopter parent 

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

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Move over, helicopter parents and tiger moms — a whole new breed of terrifying moms and dads has arrived, just in time for the new school year: the lawn mower parent. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "'Lawn mower parents' are the new 'helicopter moms'," 18 Sep. 2018 Sophie, the older and bolder of the two sisters, has recently recovered from a mysterious illness and lengthy hospital stay, leaving Claire to both hero-worship her older sibling and fret about her like a helicopter parent. Christopher Healy, New York Times, "Fantasies for Young Readers, With an Eye on Today’s Fears and Divisions," 26 Jan. 2018 Big Little Lies trafficked in its own cliches — helicopter parents playing schoolyard politics, the messy private lives of the obscenely rich — but its most satisfying moments involved women who saw, and supported, one another. Ellen Gray, Philly.com, "'Sharp Objects' with Amy Adams isn't another 'Big Little Lies' (and it shouldn't have to be)," 5 July 2018 Nothing the Carters said approached LaVar Ball-level outrageousness, but helicopter parents are best to avoid landing in the headlines. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Wendell Carter Jr.'s parents should be thanking Mike Krzyzewski, not criticizing him," 27 June 2018 Last week, a study published in the journal Developmental Psychology found that helicopter parents — those who hover over their children — can diminish their children’s ability to regulate emotions and behavior. Elizabeth Chuck /, NBC News, "How much risk is good for kids? Parents make the case for more adventurous childhoods," 26 June 2018 Sorry, helicopter parents, but your fledgling college student could be cutting you loose. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "No need to call dad: Northeastern students can use Alexa to answer school-related questions," 22 June 2018 Welcome to 2018, when people are living so long that baby boomers, the original helicopter parents, have helicopters of their own. Beth Teitell, BostonGlobe.com, "Meet the Helicopter Parents: They’re 90, and the kids — they’re 65," 10 May 2018 June also has to deal with Aunt Lydia, who is a helicopter parent. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2, Episode 4 Recap: Helicopter Aunts," 9 May 2018

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1989, in the meaning defined above

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