Helicopter Parenting

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Helicopter Parenting
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Sat, 02-23-2013 - 6:56am

In an effort to move on from the other thread, Lol......  What is helicopter parenting IYO?  Do you see it only at school or in other settings as well?  What does it look like?  Provide examples if you can, Thank you. 

 


 


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Registered: 02-23-2013
Sun, 02-24-2013 - 7:15pm
No, Jam it has nothing to do with being helicopter-ish, ever (at least for me and the ones I am close to). It is more about the proximity of home and time of party, etc. Also, most parents know each other and see each other at other parties for years. As they get older, people do leave and come back but usually only ones that have other things they have to run to (maybe for another child) or leave close to the party.
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Registered: 02-23-2013
Sun, 02-24-2013 - 7:16pm
Bord-the girls in high school usually do a pool party and maybe sleepover or just a sleepover. Haven't gotten to all the sweet 16's yet but I am sure I will be handing out money every week or so for those next year lol.
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Registered: 02-23-2013
Sun, 02-24-2013 - 7:17pm
Jam-I think it is a individual thing too and not a regional thing as I have seen parties on TV from other regions of the U.S. and know other people living in other states all over that do parties quite similar to my region.
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Registered: 02-23-2013
Sun, 02-24-2013 - 7:19pm
Yes Thardy and our longest, closest friends are the ones we go to most things for our kids with and for.
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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 7:29pm

"The President does not determine college tuition rates. Surely you know that, right?"

Sure he does. He changes tuition rates when he gets bored of raising gas prices and shrinking the size of ice cream cartons in order to trick us into paying the same amount for less. 

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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 7:30pm

reginageorge2005 wrote:
  If you believe that, I've got some oceanfront property to sell you. In the Midwest.</p><p>The President does not determine college tuition rates. Surely you know that, right?

I agree with Jam (was she misunderstood?) the Prez certainly can't dictate college tuition.  His focus is on improvements in the middle class which the Prez and government have a say in ~ taxes, jobs, entitlements. Colleges can only charge what the market will bear. 

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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 7:31pm
We were friendly with people from our kids' school, but not close friends. My son graduated in 2010 and there are five of us Moms who get together for dinner once or twice a year. My closest two friends in town are people I met at church. One of them has daughters about the same age as my older son, but the kids are not particularly close.
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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 7:42pm

hazeleyes2013 wrote:
  I never said that it was not fine for me if anyone left their kids at a party. Again, most parties IME are at places and not at home and if they were at home, they have entertainment that comes in to entertain the kids. I have only had 2 home parties and the parents did not stay as the kids were older. I don't have a large enough home to have all the kids and parents come so I always had them outside the home until a certain age.

Do you have a yard for tables for food for the parents/kids?  A barbecue?  Something during the summer perhaps.  That's the only thing that keeps me going during bd parties we've had at my house ~ the adult conversation with parents and family.  One of my children has a birthday the same week with at least 3 others in his class, so I stretch it into early summer to have parents too, in the yard.  A sanity saver!

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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 7:50pm
We actually still are in touch with daycare parents. Some I still work with and some we do things with a few times a year and talk on a regular basis on facebook. My closest friends are from high school but I still do things with ones that my kids go to school with now or have in the past.
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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 7:52pm
Yes Thardy the ones that I have gone to in the summer were BBQ's and parties for the kids. The kids had their own table to eat and a table to do crafts. The adults hung out at other tables and socialized while the kids were playing games, doing crafts or just going on the swingsets, playing basketball, football, etc.

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