"Instead of hovering over their children closely monitoring them as helicopter parents are said to, lawnmower parents get out in front of their children to try and clear the way for them," he told the Herald Sun.
—Elissa Doherty, "Lawnmower parents cut confidence," Herald Sun, April 14, 2011
—Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, "Spare the Spanking, Spoil the Report Card?," The Wall Street Journal, January 21, 2010
"The parents are calling and they are trying to solve their kids problem, they are beyond helicopter parents (parents who are closely involved in their children's college life, but from afar) they are lawnmower parents," Cohen said.
—Eugene Scott, "How to deal," The Arizona Republic, September 5, 2006
hurried child syndrome
It's what parents do. The whole notion of "happy 18th, now get out!" seem foreign to me, crass and callous. I expect for my kids to eventually stand on their own but I'll clear the way as much as I can. I also expect them to do the same for their kids. So by the time they're 40 they're on their own and running interference for their kids. That's the way the our clan does it.