20 Of The Most Extreme Examples Of Helicopter Parenting That Made Us Say, 'WTF?'

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Vote up the parents that need to take a step back.

Over on Reddit, people are sharing the most extreme examples of overbearing parenting they've ever witnessed. Vote up the stories that made you say, "WTF?"


  • 1
    5,125 VOTES

    She Helped Her Daughter Lose Out On A Job

    From Redditor u/darkerthanmysoul:

    I had a mother turn up at my workplace accusing me of racism [because] I didn’t hire her daughter. We’re a very multicultural practice, and myself and two other people are white English, six Indian staff, two Greek, two Nigerian, three Chinese, and three Pakistani.

    I took her to our photo wall of staff and asked her why she thinks I was racist, and she said that her daughter “looked more Indian than the other staff”... Her daughter, who was more than qualified, didn’t get the job for a couple of reasons:

    1) She refused to put her phone away during the interview in case her mother phoned.

    2) Her mother phoned more than 10 times and she answered every call.

    3) She asked if she could keep her mum on the phone to listen [in on] the interview in case she needed help to answer my questions.

    How could she run a practice if she needed to have her mum help her at the interview?

    5,125 votes
  • 2
    4,248 VOTES

    'Tell Him The Answer!'

    From Redditor u/Nosynonymforsynonym:

    I worked at a science museum that had hands-on for kids. The aim of the game was for the child to solve a problem by themselves. Like "can you get x to do y," they make something, test it, and figure out how to make it better.

    One day, a woman comes in practically dragging her 5-year-old son. She sits him down beside me and starts poking me on the shoulder [as] I'm talking to another family.

    "Tell my son what to do," she says, standing over him. I tell the family to hold on a sec, as I explain the challenge to the newcomer. The whole point is to work autonomously, so it was alright, and I was used to working with a few rude/pushy parents, so I wasn't surprised. I tell the kid the prompt, tell him he had a wide range of materials...

    But no. The woman wants me to tell him every step of the process. "Tell him the answer! Tell him the answer!" she says repeatedly, grabbing his hands to make him fold paper, or reaching for my own.

    I start getting mad. "Ma'am, the goal here is to learn the scientific method. Make a hypothesis, test it, make conclusions, and try again."

    "But you already KNOW the answer," she says, "Tell my son! Or I'm calling your manager!"

    I don't even have a manager. In the meantime, the poor kid is looking so embarrassed. Ever time he tries to start something for himself, his mom reaches for his hands and tells him to wait for me to tell him what to do. The woman was so afraid of him failing when the whole point was to learn from one's mistakes. I'm so worried about how he'll deal with mistakes growing up with her around.

    4,248 votes
  • 3
    3,271 VOTES

    Cameras. Everywhere.

    From Redditor u/arthomas0205:

    As a kid, my sister had a friend and went over to her house quite a bit to hang out with her. The friend lived in a very nice, quiet neighborhood.

    After a day of hanging with her friend at her house, my sister told me that her friend’s parents had placed cameras in her room. The camera was also equipped with a microphone to not only hear what was going on in her room, but also to speak to the child.

    My sister told stories after coming home about the mom calling into the room to sometimes tell them to stop doing an activity or to be a little more quiet. THIS WOMAN WAS WATCHING THEIR EVERY MOVE AND LISTENING TO THEIR EVERY CONVERSATION!

    I feel bad for the girl, honestly. To me that’s a huge invasion of privacy, as well as it is extremely creepy in general.

    3,271 votes
  • 4
    2,613 VOTES

    Mother In Law

    From Redditor u/voice_of_craisin:

    Had a mother call me to find out why her son didn't get the job.
    He's 40.
    And an attorney.

    2,613 votes
  • 5
    2,476 VOTES

    She Tracked Her Daughter Through Her Phone's GPS

    From Redditor u/longhorn_2017:

    My sister is a freshman in college, and her roommate has an absolute psycho helicopter mom.

    They're both on the cross country team and very good students. My sister said the roommate never drinks or goes out, but her mom tracks her through phone GPS and will text her constantly asking why she's at such-and-such place.

    My sister said one time they were at Walmart getting groceries, and her mom called her to ask why she was at Walmart at 9 pm. Another time, they drove to my other sister's (she lives in the same town) apartment to pick something up, and the girl's mom called and starts yelling and asking why she's been sitting in a parking lot for 20 minutes. My sister said she'll constantly have to send pictures of them at the library to her to prove they're actually studying.

    2,476 votes
  • 6
    3,272 VOTES

    Classic Susan

    From Redditor u/yourspoopy:

    I work at an admissions front desk for a university, so I get helicopter parents all the time over the phone, but I had a mom that had me laughing over the phone because of how ridiculous she was. Let's call her Susan for reference.

    At first, she was normal, asking about general admissions processes and what are the requirements.

    However, where she messed up was when she admitted [that] she did the application for him because, "He is a boy, and you know how boys can be, so I just did it for him."

    Then she started to fly off the walls. She asked if the campus was open because she wanted to visit her son EVERY SINGLE DAY since they live 15 minutes away from the main campus. Susan tried making herself not sound crazy by sliding in her bringing him baked goods and home-cooked meals, but I know she just [wanted] to pester her child.

    There was another talk about how she wanted to get access to his student account to see his grades. I told her that she was not going to be allowed to get that access because her child will be considered an adult, and the student has to give her permission by [filing] a FERPA form. She wanted to know how and where to get those documents ASAP.

    As far as social life, Susan asked if there were parties on campus. It's a college, of course there are going to be parties. The worst part is that she asked if they are supervised... by PARENTS! 

    This is where I couldn't help but laugh because why did she think that this was a high school setting? Susan then followed up with, "Well, how will I know where he is going or if he gets in trouble?" and I said, very casually, "Ma'am, if your student decides to do something illegal and gets caught by campus police and gets arrested, you'll be getting that phone call."

    And she had nothing else to say. :)

    3,272 votes