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    a parent who is unable to let go of their adult child(ren) and continues to monitor them and intervene inappropriately in their lives

    I've pondered before on helicopter parents, who I'm sure exist, but are perhaps outnumbered by the lesser known lifeboat parents, whose only crime is endlessly to fish their children out of messes, however much they'd rather be sitting down with a tumbler of Baileys, watching Homeland.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 01/01/2013
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