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(Cracked)   6 examples of real people who took helicopter parenting way too far   (cracked.com ) divider line
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21925 clicks; posted to Main » on 09 Feb 2013 at 3:21 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-02-09 01:03:34 PM  
8 votes:
I caught a student plagiarizing a paper once; she just copied and pasted an article, added an intro and conclusion, and submitted it.  The writing went from barely coherent, to way too advanced for an undergrad, and then back to barely coherent again, so it was pretty clear that whoever wrote the middle did not write the beginning or end.  Five seconds on Google found the original article.

I gave the student a zero for the assignment, printed out the article that she had copied, and stapled it to the paper before returning it, with a note saying that I could not give the student credit for someone else's work.

The next day, mom called the school, complained to the Chair of the department, demanding that I be fired, and when that didn't work (because I always report plagiarism to the department even before returning it to the student, so the Chair knew what was up), mom started sending me nasty emails claiming that "evil triumphed over good" and other such ridiculous crap.

I was tempted to write back, explaining that her kid was not only so incompetent that she couldn't write an undergrad paper without cheating, but even more incompetent for doing it in such a ham-handed, obvious way, so she had obviously failed as a mother, and if she was going to teach her kid to be a filthy cheater, she should at least teach the kid to be good at it.

Instead, I sent an email saying "I'm sorry, but it is University policy to not discuss student performance with anyone other than the student."
2013-02-09 04:00:45 PM  
4 votes:

vygramul: styckx: The easter egg hunt one made me rage..  What coonts

I didn't read that one, as I am all too aware of what Easter Egg hunts turn into.  Especially if you allow an age range of more than about two years.  The six year olds get nothing, the 10 year-olds fight over every egg.  (I've seen a ten year-old not bother looking, but watching the younger kids, realizing that once the younger kid spotted one and started lumbering towards it, they were so much faster they would get there first.)

Parent's are assholes, but so are many kids.

What they SHOULD do is, once you find x eggs, you turn in your basket for a prize and get a new basket.  They need to make the process of that lengthy, though.  Then you can put out some multiple of x to virtually guarantee that every kid finds enough eggs for a prize.


My grandmother has Easter Egg hunts perfected.. Depending on the amount that would be involved she would split up into groups and two two separate hunts. Each kid got a color. ie: I would only be able to find blue eggs. If I found another color I knew it wasn't mine and moved on.  This way at the end of the day each kid got the same amount of eggs and equal fun while the parents sat around enjoying being a parent and watching their kid enjoy a holiday.
2013-02-09 05:21:12 PM  
2 votes:
Stop taking young boys into the women's bathroom. Seriously. At the point they're able to look embarrassed for being in there, STOP TAKING THEM IN THERE!
2013-02-09 04:14:46 PM  
2 votes:
BTW here's someone who was raised right, providing an example of the good parenting they got

i.imgur.com
2013-02-09 04:13:42 PM  
2 votes:
All this talk of "helicopter parenting" makes me want to see Pixar make a movie about a young helicopter who wants to go out into the world but his overprotective parent helicopters won't let him.

The young helicopter could be a bubble-cockpit copter (like the ones from M*A*S*H), and the parents could be a news copter and a firefighting water-dropping copter.
2013-02-09 03:54:06 PM  
2 votes:

styckx: The easter egg hunt one made me rage..  What coonts


I didn't read that one, as I am all too aware of what Easter Egg hunts turn into.  Especially if you allow an age range of more than about two years.  The six year olds get nothing, the 10 year-olds fight over every egg.  (I've seen a ten year-old not bother looking, but watching the younger kids, realizing that once the younger kid spotted one and started lumbering towards it, they were so much faster they would get there first.)

Parent's are assholes, but so are many kids.

What they SHOULD do is, once you find x eggs, you turn in your basket for a prize and get a new basket.  They need to make the process of that lengthy, though.  Then you can put out some multiple of x to virtually guarantee that every kid finds enough eggs for a prize.
2013-02-09 03:37:52 PM  
2 votes:
Some of them then sit in on the interview itself and will actually attempt to negotiate salary and benefits on behalf of their children

Fark that, I'd be all "Get out of my office and take your kid with you.  If little Destiny here can't be left alone for a few minutes there's no way she's cut out to be a pole dancer."
2013-02-09 12:50:07 PM  
2 votes:
My brother and his wife raised my niece to care way too much about what other people think of her and that there's nothing in the world worse than being fat, and now she's had to drop out of college to go into an inpatient facility for anorexia. Yay helicopter parenting!
2013-02-10 08:11:45 AM  
1 vote:

Marlys: Hermione


OMG. If you are still dragging any kid over kindergarten age into the women's bathroom, there is something seriously wrong with you.
2013-02-09 10:28:56 PM  
1 vote:

stiletto_the_wise: austerity101: namegoeshere: Bosses really hire snowflakes who can't handle the interview process without mommy? Because that would be a big fat NO FARKING WAY for me.

Seriously.  Companies actually involve the  parents of applicants now?  Willingly?  I can't imagine hiring  anyone whose parents were ever explicitly or obviously involved in the application process.  One phone call, one email, one parental visit to the office and any semblance of a chance at getting a job with me is permanently destroyed.

If I ever had a job candidate bring along mommy or daddy, I'd have fun with it. "So, Mackenzee, would you say you're skilled at working independently, without supervision?"

No way I'd hire ANYONE who would get their parents involved in the process, unless she had enormous tits and thighs that didn't touch.


How many people who fit that description would be willing to work in the type of fast food restaurant that would put someone like you in charge?
2013-02-09 10:21:56 PM  
1 vote:

PsiChick: This is why I get annoyed at people who start ranting about 'snowflakes'. Do not blame kids when it's the parents who are getting  making the trophies.


FTFY.  I know, it drives me crazy too.
Adult A:  "This year every kid gets a trophy!  I'm paying for a hundred trophies so nobody feels left out."
Kids:  "Yay trophies!"
Adult B:  "You damn kids so spoiled, what's wrong with you, all getting trophies for what, nothing that's what, rotten KIDS!"

If you can spot what's wrong with that scenario...
2013-02-09 07:07:53 PM  
1 vote:

Hermione_Granger: Stop taking young boys into the women's bathroom. Seriously. At the point they're able to look embarrassed for being in there, STOP TAKING THEM IN THERE!


Hey, I'm a pretty hands off parent, but public washrooms have a very high farking weirdo to normal guy ratio. " hey mom, there was an old man in there with no pants on!" True story, and one of many.
2013-02-09 06:34:09 PM  
1 vote:

austerity101: namegoeshere: Bosses really hire snowflakes who can't handle the interview process without mommy? Because that would be a big fat NO FARKING WAY for me.

Seriously.  Companies actually involve the  parents of applicants now? Willingly?  I can't imagine hiring  anyone whose parents were ever explicitly or obviously involved in the application process.  One phone call, one email, one parental visit to the office and any semblance of a chance at getting a job with me is permanently destroyed.


All of this is like looking at an alien culture/society for me. I couldn't have moved out of my parent's house quick enough when I was 18, and as far as securing a job was concerned, that was entirely my business...

/ yeah, I realize with the crappy economy, the times have changed regarding kids moving out...
2013-02-09 06:12:30 PM  
1 vote:

namegoeshere: Bosses really hire snowflakes who can't handle the interview process without mommy? Because that would be a big fat NO FARKING WAY for me.


Seriously.  Companies actually involve the  parents of applicants now?  Willingly?  I can't imagine hiring  anyone whose parents were ever explicitly or obviously involved in the application process.  One phone call, one email, one parental visit to the office and any semblance of a chance at getting a job with me is permanently destroyed.
2013-02-09 05:48:41 PM  
1 vote:
Bosses really hire snowflakes who can't handle the interview process without mommy? Because that would be a big fat NO FARKING WAY for me.
2013-02-09 04:19:11 PM  
1 vote:

Ego edo infantia cattus: When I was five, I made a bow and arrow out of a rake handle, a bungee cord duck tape, and a curtain rod hammered to a point. from about ten feet away it would stick two inches into solid wood.


No, it wouldn't.
2013-02-09 03:55:44 PM  
1 vote:

Fark Rye For Many Whores: the supposedly untraceable phone he was using to carry out his insane vendetta was, in fact, quite traceable,

No shiat. How was that supposed to work?


must be an amatuer. All one needs is a simple SIM card to make a call then destroy it each time.
2013-02-09 03:55:16 PM  
1 vote:
CSB!

Like many other maladjusted teenagers I had an "Anarchist Cookbook".

I'm old enough that it was cute and trendy back then as opposed to something that would have SWAT teams raiding your house like it would now. Right after a friend of mine was suspended for having an empty bottle of alcohol in his car, his father asked to borrow it... I got it back months later without even thinking about it until much later. Nothing happened.
2013-02-09 03:42:42 PM  
1 vote:
The easter egg hunt one made me rage..  What coonts
2013-02-09 03:38:52 PM  
1 vote:

Fark Rye For Many Whores: the supposedly untraceable phone he was using to carry out his insane vendetta was, in fact, quite traceable,

No shiat. How was that supposed to work?


First step:  Don't buy the prepaid credit card with your real credit card :P
2013-02-09 03:34:38 PM  
1 vote:
Oh look, a list that we can actually comment on. Never have I been so happy to see a Cracked link.
2013-02-09 12:57:12 PM  
1 vote:
Father of William James Sidis indefensibly absent
2013-02-09 12:18:21 PM  
1 vote:
My sister will be a mom next month sometime, it will be interesting to see if she goes batshiat crazy.  She's always seemed fairly levelheaded, so hopefully my nieces/nephews will get to eat a worm or two.
 
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