According to Merriam-Webster, the term “helicopter parent” was coined in 1989. Helicopter parents demonstrate an overprotective or excessive interest in the lives of their children. No one wants to be a helicopter parent. If you doubt that, go to the next PTA meeting, and ask one of the parents if they think they are a helicopter parent.
The question is: what constitutes overprotective or excessive? Some people are fortunate enough to have a toddler to whom they can give a box of blocks, and the little guy will happily entertain himself for hours. Others have toddlers that will ignore the blocks and go on a quest for something more dangerous. My son was the latter type.