An overly involved mom
My husband has never done laundry or paid bills because his helicopter mom always did it for him.
|Soccer mom||A suburban mom whose world revolves around her kids|
|Tiger mother||A mom who demands excellence from her child|
|Alpha mom||A dominant female in a group of mothers|
|Walmart mom||A mother who shops at Walmart and votes Republican|
|Mombie||A tired mom|
|Bonus mom||A woman who co-parents a child|
|Boomerang child||An adult who moves out of his parents' home but moves back in|
|PAW||Parents are watching|
|Mom shaming||Bullying a mom for her parenting choices|
A helicopter mom is a mother who pays extremely close attention to her child, hovering over them like a helicopter. The term dates back to Dr. Haim Ginott's 1969 book Between Parent & Teenager and gained wide usage as a descriptor for many boomer parents from the 1980s to 2010s.
Helicopter parenting is regarded as a negative parenting style. With this approach, the guardian spends so much effort controlling, analyzing, and protecting their child that they don't allow them to learn and grow into autonomous, functioning adults.
Helicopter parenting may occur over the whole span of childhood into adulthood. For example, a helicopter mom may closely follow her toddler when they are learning to walk to never let them fall. Or, a helicopter mom of a student in college may call a professor to complain about their grades.