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helicopter parent

Syllabification: hel·i·cop·ter par·ent

Definition of helicopter parent in English:

noun

informal
A parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of their child or children: some college officials see all this as the behavior of an overindulged generation, raised by helicopter parents and lacking in resilience
More example sentences
  • Not surprisingly, parental involvement in kids' lives has pushed its way onto campuses, where "helicopter parents" hover, trying to help their kids through college financially, emotionally and even academically.
  • Behind their back they're called helicopter parents because they hover over their children and make a lot of noise rescuing them whenever difficulty arises.
  • At the very least, helicopter parents want to know what the university is doing to help their children thrive.

Origin

1980s: from the notion of the parent ‘hovering like a helicopter’ over the child or children.

Derivatives

helicopter parenting

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noun
Example sentences
  • The study's authors said this may be because helicopter parenting was helping to keep under-performing students in the academic system.
  • Isn't it time to ask if "helicopter parenting" actually exists and, even if it does, should it be considered such a bad thing?
  • And there are some that say over-parenting is different than helicopter parenting.

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