tied to someone's apron strings

tied to (one's) apron strings

Controlled or dominated by one. Used especially in reference to a man controlled by a woman. I'm worried that my husband will forever be tied to his mother's apron strings—he's a grown man but still does every little thing she asks! Can you make a decision on your own, or are you tied to her apron strings?
See also: apron, string, tie

tied to someone's apron strings

too much under the influence and control of someone (especially used to suggest that a man is too much influenced by his mother).
See also: apron, string, tie