The return of helicopter parents

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 27 13:46:36 UTC 2012

The only time I've heard "helicopter mom" in the wild (last December), it
clearly meant "hovering mom."


On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 12:37 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at> wrote:

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> George Thompson wrote RE: helicopter parents.     <<<I had supposed that
> "helicopter parents" were so absorbed in their careers ... and only dropped
> in to the child's life for special events, zooming out again afterwards.>>>
> WB:  In Taiwan, Tiger Mom is the norm and greatly appreciated.  The idea of
> such a parent in the U.S. seems to conjure up an ominous Orwellian world of
> Big Brother?s helicopters peering into everone?s windows. But, ask you:
> How different is Tiger Mom from the Jewish Mother?
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