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Helicopter parents

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Leonardo da Vinci: Entwurf eines Helikopters
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Here’s a neologism I heard on the radio:

Helicopter parents

Apparently, more and more parents are hanging around their children at university instead of leaving them to get on with their new lives. The image is of parents ‘hovering’ over their children — hence ‘helicopter parents’.

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Written by Wordwatch

19/12/2009 at 10:59 am

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  1. I guess ‘Helicopter parents’ will still be better than ‘parents riding pillion’!

    • Hi, Vikas — yes, I think so!


      19/12/2009 at 12:11 pm

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