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 If a helicopter parent is coupled with a free-range parent, the pair may benefit from working with a therapist or coach to create balance within the family. Caroline Silver, Parents, 17 Aug. 2023 As played by an outstanding, wholly committed, sometimes fearlessly insufferable Will Smith, Richard is a combination of helicopter parent, personal publicist, battle strategist and drill sergeant, with a disarmingly friendly, quippy manner that doubles as an instrument of persuasion. Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2023 In this 2020 horror flick, Sarah Paulson — a reigning queen of the genre — stars as a ruthless helicopter parent whose twisted secrets are investigated by her daughter. Hannah Kerns, Peoplemag, 21 Feb. 2023 Like a helicopter parent with access to Find My Friends, Cat Person can’t help but keep checking in. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2023 Well, one man from Tennessee may have become the world’s first literal helicopter parent after following his daughter to school with a drone. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 22 Apr. 2015 As a single mother, Caballero didn’t have time to be a helicopter parent. Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2022 The beginning of the film shows Mei, voiced by Rosalie Chiang, living much of her life in Toronto, aligned with the path that helicopter parent Ming, voiced by Sandra Oh, had laid out for her. NBC News, 18 Mar. 2022 Today, parents are very involved in what their kids read—the whole helicopter parent thing. Leo Deluca, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1989, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of helicopter parent was in 1989

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“Helicopter parent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helicopter%20parent. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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