Choppers, incoming

I was reading an article this morning about cookies – why not? I didn’t have any nearby to eat – when I came across the following term: Helicopter parents.

But food scientists, chefs and dairy professionals stress butter’s unique and sensitive nature the way helicopter parents dote on a gifted child. (It’s from here.)

Now, “soccer moms” I knew, and “hockey moms,” and “NASCAR dads.” But apparently it was time to update my catalog of stereotypes. So I naturally looked it up right away on Answers.com, and here’s what I learned:

Helicopter parent is a colloquial, early 21st-century term for a parent who pays extremely close attention to his or her child’s or children’s experiences and problems, particularly at educational institutions. These parents rush to prevent any harm or failure from befalling them and will not let them learn from their own mistakes, sometimes even contrary to the children’s wishes. They are so named because, like helicopters, they hover closely overhead, rarely out of reach, whether their children need them or not.

There’s more there, including definitions of “Black Hawk parent” and “lawnmower parent.” Now I know.

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