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 Children ride bikes with no helicopter parents in sight. Carol Pogash, New York Times, "Alameda, Calif.: On San Francisco Bay, With Great Views and Rising Prices," 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, "Baby rhinoceros vipers slither their way into the hearts of Milwaukee County zookeepers," 2 Oct. 2019 Work as family and the original helicopter parents. S. Mitra Kalita For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "9 reasons the Indian CEO keeps coming to the rescue," 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, "This is a high school nation," 20 Jan. 2020 According to Amaker, Mo Lewis is no helicopter parent. BostonGlobe.com, "■ The Red Sox are actively boosting Dwight Evans’s campaign for the Hall of Fame. You knew it would come to this last year when Harold Baines, who was never as good as Evans, was broomed into Cooperstown in a back-room deal brokered by Jerry Reinsdorf and Tony La Russa.," 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, "Aunt Becky and the ‘Underpaid Teachers’ Myth," 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, "Fleet Week holds lessons for helicopter parents," 21 Oct. 2019 For example, when kids are young, being a helicopter parent might lead to fewer bumps and bruises. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Helicopter Parenting? Experts Say It's Too Much For Kids," 8 Apr. 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 8 Jul. 2020.

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