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To ask what a helicopter parent/daughter is?

(13 Posts)
LouisvilleLlama Tue 13-Sep-16 15:11:14

Never heard of it but I've seen it loads the last day or so

Lilaclily Tue 13-Sep-16 15:13:25

Someone who hovers around athe child all the time like at the park

Or someone who phones the teacher every few days about minor stuff

Someone who would phone a tutor for an adult child wink

Kennington Tue 13-Sep-16 15:13:45

Someone who hovers over their kid and makes a lot of decisions and never lets them resolve a problem by themselves.
In my day it was called mollycoddling and pushy parenting.

AlpacaLypse Tue 13-Sep-16 15:14:53

A helicopter parent is one that hangs over their child in case their special snowflake gets bumped, or dirty, or any other thing that a normal healthy child needs to find out by herself. Not sure about helicopter daughter - a clingy child?

LouisvilleLlama Tue 13-Sep-16 15:16:28

Ah I see! And that's the thread! cake for everyone to celebrate

honkinghaddock Tue 13-Sep-16 16:00:31

It is only helicoptering if the child doesn't need the hovering or extra assistance and it can be difficult for bystanders to tell.

Cheerybigbottom Tue 13-Sep-16 16:08:09

Absolutely right honkinghaddock

Was often confused for a helicopter parent of a special snowflake, but I was actually the parent of a toddler hitter. cake for me

LouisvilleLlama Tue 13-Sep-16 16:42:29

Is it a new term? Hadn't seen it before 24 hours ago

Love51 Tue 13-Sep-16 16:47:24

Not very new. There is a Simpson's episode where Homer starts helicopter parenting, that must be 10 years old!

incogKNEEto Tue 13-Sep-16 16:48:10

I am a helicopter parent, but it is through necessity not choice, my DC have SNs, but other parents wouldn't necessarily know...unless l didn't helicopter for a while... wink

honkinghaddock Tue 13-Sep-16 16:49:48

There would be a fair few bitten toddlers about if I didn't do it.

Laiste Tue 13-Sep-16 16:57:35

DH is an HP. DD is his PFB. HTH


BlackeyedSusan Tue 13-Sep-16 18:46:17

me... (at least it looks like I am wink )

ok so dd falls if you leave her. looks bonkers letting my littlest swing round the climbing frame like a monkey, while underneath dd nervously...

sometimes I follow ds round the park. this is generally for the protection of the general public if his autism is getting a bit... erm out of hand and we need to make a swift exit. and he is carried out kicking and screaming while trying to attack dd/me

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