Are you a “Lawnmower Parent?”
Helicopter parents may hover and tiger moms may roar, but make room for the lawnmower parent -- who tries to cut down any challenges in their kid's path.
An essay posted by an anonymous educator called it a "troubling trend."
"Lawnmower parents go to whatever lengths necessary to prevent their child from having to face adversity, struggle, or failure," the teacher wrote.
The post, titled "Lawnmower Parents Are the New Helicopter Parents & We Are Not Here for It," has been shared 12,000 times on the brand's Facebook page. The teacher who wrote it told a story of a seemingly reluctant father who dropped everything to drop off a water bottle for his teenage child at her school.
He tried to tell his daughter that they have water fountains at school but eventually relented.
A lawnmower parent will intervene or "mow down" any person or obstacle that stands in the way of them saving their child from any "inconvenience, problem or discomfort," according to a college professor who wrote a blog on the subject.
In that same blog, the professor notes how helicopter parenting is widely known for parents who hover or swoop in to "rescue" their kids whenever they're in trouble. Lawnmower parents, however, are geared more towards parents of older children where hovering "may be limited.