The origin of the term 'helicopter parent' is with Haim Ginott's book Between Parent & Teenager (1969), in which Dr. Ginott describes an overbearing mom and her frustrated teenage son:
Says Leonard's mother: "I worry about my son. He does not take care of himself. He has always been a sickly child."
Says Leonard, age sixteen: "My mother likes to play doctor, and she makes me sick. Tired as she may be, if she hears me cough or clean my nose, she turns into a long-distance runner. If I sneeze in the basement, she comes running from the attic:
"'God bless you son.'
"'What's the matter, have you caught a cold?'
"'You don't take care of yourself.'
"'You shouldn't stay out so late.'
"Mother hovers over me like a helicopter and I'm fed up with her noise and hot air. I think I'm entitled to sneeze without an explanation."