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Helicopter parenting loses altitude

Jan 09, 2019 - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Special to the Star Tribune

Jillian Brooks knows what a helicopter parent is. "They're parents who watch everything," she said.

Brooks, a chemistry major at the University of Minnesota, wasn't raised by helicopter parents, but many of her peers were.

"I have friends whose parents micromanage them," she said. "They think they're helping, but they make it difficult for their kids to figure things out on their own."

The term was first used in a 1969 manual about managing tee...