Howe describes the helicopter parenting of baby-boomers as a distinct parenting style from Generation X parents.
He describes the latter as "stealth-fighter parents" due to a tendency of Gen X parents to let minor issues go, while striking without warning and vigorously in the event of serious issues.
In fact, not even the rich and famous are immune to the less joyful parts of parenting.
Katie Roiphe, commenting on Levine's work in Slate elaborates on myths about helicopter parenting: "[I]t is about too much presence, but it's also about the wrong kind of presence.
In fact, it can be reasonably read by children as absence, as not caring about what is really going on with them ...
I feel a little bit like a drill sergeant sometimes.
Some elements of my personality, as a parent, I'm not real crazy about." Chip is particularly strict about video games and TV time, while Joanna is the more laid-back one. We have televisions, but they're not hooked up to anything but movies.