helicopter parent

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helicopter parent

A parent who is overly attentive and doting toward their child or children. The term comes from the notion that they are "hovering" around their children at all times. Don't be a helicopter parent. Your daughter is 18 and fully capable of picking her own classes.
See also: parent
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Many of my colleagues say their millennial employees are the obvious children of the helicopter parent craze.
No doubt you've heard of the helicopter parent -- the ones who hover over their children, protecting them from harm, insult and just about any form of adversity.
Drone parents are dangerous because they trick themselves into thinking they are not meddlesome -- a direct reaction to the helicopter parents they disdain -- but they can cause massive destruction.
Even when it comes to leisure time, they can't resist interfering: the helicopter parent will be the one leaping up and down at swimming galas with a stopwatch in their hand, or standing over their nine-year-old as they practice piano - because God forbid they might be allowed to just kick a football around outside with their friends.
Barry Glassner & Morton Schapiro, Grounding the Helicopter Parent, WASH.
The helicopter parent hovering just above the classroom does not make space for all that growing up entails.
They focused was on college students, because college is a "crisis point" in the relationship between the helicopter parent and the child, Montgomery said.
NEW YORK -- A new Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions survey* of admissions officers at 386 of the nation's top colleges and universities reveals that the phenomenon of the helicopter parent - a term given to parents who "hover" over their children - may be more prevalent than ever, but that schools are divided on how to address it.