Definition of helicopter mom in English:

helicopter mom


informalNorth American
  • A mother who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of her child or children.

    ‘an aggressively overbearing helicopter mom’
    • ‘The film centers on a little girl whose summer vacation is subsumed with academic preparations laid out by her overworked helicopter mom..’
    • ‘Like any good helicopter mom, Maggie hovers over every aspect of her son's life.’
    • ‘ I've never been a true helicopter mom, but I've definitely stayed awake for endless hours doing research on everything I could do wrong as a parent.’
    • ‘I did not want to be a helicopter mom, but I strongly believe organization skills are learned.’
    • ‘She sounds like a helicopter mom who can't imagine giving other living beings autonomy for even the length of a meal.’
    • ‘I've had helicopter moms go behind my back to put pressure on my department head to make me change my policies.’
    • ‘There's always that helicopter mom that runs over before the kid can even react, smothering the child in motherly love.’
    • ‘We agreed on one condition: she'll give him some space and not be the helicopter mom she's prone to be.’
    • ‘Children who are pressured by their helicopter moms tend to suffer from anxiety, anger, tantrums, defiance, etc.’
    • ‘I was this helicopter mom who was freaking out.’
    • ‘I consider myself to be an unapologetic helicopter mom: none of my kids have ever slept over at a friend's house and we've never hosted friends for a sleepover.’


1990s from the notion of ‘hovering’ over the child or children, on the model of helicopter parent.