Recently I wrote this article for Christian Today.
“Helicopter parent” is a term that was first mentioned in a parenting book in 1969 but it became more widely used in the early 2000s when American academic administrators became aware of an increasing number of “Baby Boomer” parents being excessively involved in the lives of their older teenagers/young adults.
The metaphor of a helicopter conveys the picture of a parent hovering over every detail of their children’s lives, planning to rescue them from poor decision making, shielding them from potential dangers and offering copious amounts of unsolicited advice …
Some think God is a helicopter parent hovering over them, ready to pounce anytime they do something wrong, quick to point out their failures and not allowing them any freedoms or choices. But God is the perfect parent.