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2013-02-13 12:08:04 PM  
8 votes:

miss diminutive: In university I actually received a telephone call from one of my roommate's mothers who yelled at me for a) trying to institute an unfair "chore wheel" which would require her daughter to take out the garbage once a month and b) not taking her daughter along on during our last grocery trip.

Not surprisingly, my roommate was a psycho hose-beast.


Why wait until college?  I sent out invitations for my son's 8th birthday party a few months ago.  One of the moms emailed me back and suggested I have the party somewhere besides the laser tag sports arena my son chose.  She didn't want her son playing "war games" and "learning to kill other boys with guns".  I tried to be cool and said it was already in stone, so too bad.  She started sending me emails with alternative places I could hold the party.  The last straw came when she hit "reply to all" with my original invite and asked the other parents if they would be happy with her choice (a place called Bounce-U) over my choice.  Her email went on to say "Dave (that's me) is a member of the PTO and should be setting a better example for our young children to follow...".  I returned the favor and hit reply to all with this "Fark you, Michelle.  The party is at Sports Fusion.  Everyone but your little snowflake is invited."  Aside from Michelle, I had 100% attendance.  They're still buzzing over that one.
2013-02-13 12:50:32 PM  
2 votes:
I wouldn't call my Mom a helicopter; more of an ICBM, used once to devastating effect.

I went off the the rails when I hit college; partied like an animal and got a 0.7 GPA my first semester.   Mom drove from Chicago to Florida to give me shiat for a week.  Then she went home and I graduated with honors.

Other than that, she gave me lots of space.

/my friends all loved her; probably because my humiliation amused them.
2013-02-13 12:16:03 PM  
2 votes:

olapbill: we prefer the term trebuchet .


While it's an easy mistake to make, trebuchets and catapults are different things. If you're using it as a verb, trebuchets catapult objects, but as a noun, they're different.
2013-02-13 11:52:49 AM  
2 votes:
I will provide the legally required amount of care for my child, until their 18th birthday. Then, it's the catapult.
2013-02-13 09:50:15 AM  
2 votes:
It's all of those phthalates leaching out from the bubble wrap.

/turns em into nancy boys
2013-02-13 09:23:26 AM  
2 votes:

Tremolo: A girl I knew growing up, extremely nice and talented, had the terrible combination of helicopter parents and a stage mother. This woman had wormed her way into every facet of her daughter's life and it was pretty creepy to witness. There were a few instances of the girl acting out as high school came along and I had the feeling that you could draw a straight line from the mother's pressure right to the daughter's behavior.

After a few years of college out of state I heard that the girl had cut off contact with the mother, and a few months ago I actually read in the paper that the girl got a restraining order, about 10 years too late. There's nothing good about helicopter parents. It wouldn't bother me how pathetic they are if they weren't so goddamn damaging to their kids.


Just curious but is there a link between helicopter parents, special snowflake syndrome and why my generation (24) is a bunch of do-nothing crybabies?
2013-02-13 03:10:58 PM  
1 votes:

damageddude: This year our son's school (he is in middle school) switched to a system where grades are posted throughout the semester online on a parents portal. These include grades for quizzes, tests, reports etc. which is actually pretty nice as we don't have to go through the pulling teeth to get grades from him etc. The first time I logged on, I set it up so we would get weekly emails so we wouldn't have to log in. After about 8 weeks we received a note from our son's homeroom teacher noting that we hadn't logged onto the parents portal in awhile and it was imperative to log on to track grades. I went back on, figuring there was something I missed when I set up the emails. Nope, just Big Brother upset we weren't being proper helicopter parents.


Parent portals suck! It's going to take me longer than 24 hours to grade 160 3-page papers. BACK OFF!
2013-02-13 01:52:26 PM  
1 votes:

Glendale: miss diminutive: In university I actually received a telephone call from one of my roommate's mothers who yelled at me for a) trying to institute an unfair "chore wheel" which would require her daughter to take out the garbage once a month and b) not taking her daughter along on during our last grocery trip.

Not surprisingly, my roommate was a psycho hose-beast.

Please tell me you told the mom to fark off and gave the roommate extra garbage duty.


Honestly, it wasn't worth the effort. You know when you can just tell that arguing with someone will simply go nowhere because they aren't operating from any sort of logical reasoning but just reacting on pure emotion? That was this girl's mother. She was going almost ballistic because I was forcing her child to walk to the edge of the curb at night with a heavy garbage bin and risk being raped, kidnapped or otherwise eaten by a grue. I just thanked her for her input and told her it was designed to be fair; everyone had to take equal risk at being raped in a heap of garbage. That didn't go over well so I just told her I'd talk it over with her daughter and then hung up. This was simply episode #117 in the hit series "Holy trippin balls your mother is insane".

It was just easier to let it slide and then assign her some other chore, vacuuming I think. I sort of felt sorry for the girl, she basically had no coping skills whatsoever (big surprise) and every problem was a crisis of monumental proportions. She flunked out once she started dating a guy who essentially took over the role of telling her what to do and what to be upset about. Last I heard she was working in a factory making car seats.
2013-02-13 01:24:49 PM  
1 votes:

somedude210: Just curious but is there a link between helicopter parents, special snowflake syndrome and why my generation (24) is a bunch of do-nothing crybabies?


Just because you're part of the generation you're criticizing doesn't make you any less wrong than the older generations.
2013-02-13 01:03:18 PM  
1 votes:

DROxINxTHExWIND: Source4leko: DROxINxTHExWIND: You can call me whatever you want as a parent. I don't give a shiat. Out of the billions of people on this planet there is ONE who came from me. I'll do whatever I can to protect him and give him guidence.

Congratulations on creating someone who won't function at all once you are gone!  My grandparents died last year and my 63 year old father has no idea what to do with his life, since he never cut the apron strings, and this was basically the attitude they had.  When they died he essentially had a complete breakdown, despite not working at the time, which meant that I as a 24 year old had to handle all of our families affairs.  Also he now begs money off my mom since they continued to 'pay' him for working at their company they sold 30 years ago, despite him not really working and mostly watching TV then.  I barely respect my father because of all of this, since I had to pretty much teach myself what it meant to be an adult, since I only had a horrible example to look to.  I guess a negative example is better than no example, but it was pretty sad to realize at 10 that I wanted to be nothing like my dad because he wasn't really an adult.  He is a very intelligent and educated man, but because his parents pretty much handled all of his affairs his entire life he no longer has a life.  So you have this to look forward to with your kid.

/maybe I got trolled


Naw, you trolled yourself by jumping to a bunch of unsupported conclusions based on your own apparently miserable life. One of the things your dad didn't teach you is that only a fool deals in absolutes. You can protect a child without fighting their battles and you can give a kid direction without taking the wheel. There is a middle ground between dropping your naked child off in the wilderness and cutting a grown man's steak for him. Thinking that those are the only options is a sign of immaturity. Maybe you didn't raise yourself as well as you seem to think you did.


Yep.  I am sure your kid will be different, and you will avoid all of these mistakes.  After all, they are your precious little snowflake.
2013-02-13 12:52:46 PM  
1 votes:
I have actually gotten numerous letters over the years from parents asking me why we chose not to hire their kids.  Some were so over the top, that they demanded the kid be given another interview so that the parents could also be there to offer assistance.  Others were humorous in the fact that they documented how many PREVIOUS times Little Johnny had been passed over for employment and even went as far as to explain why!!  (Further verifying our decision to pass on the kid too).

It should also be noted that all of these " kids" were in their mid to late 20's and were college graduates.
2013-02-13 12:40:05 PM  
1 votes:

DROxINxTHExWIND: You can call me whatever you want as a parent. I don't give a shiat. Out of the billions of people on this planet there is ONE who came from me. I'll do whatever I can to protect him and give him guidence.


Congratulations on creating someone who won't function at all once you are gone!  My grandparents died last year and my 63 year old father has no idea what to do with his life, since he never cut the apron strings, and this was basically the attitude they had.  When they died he essentially had a complete breakdown, despite not working at the time, which meant that I as a 24 year old had to handle all of our families affairs.  Also he now begs money off my mom since they continued to 'pay' him for working at their company they sold 30 years ago, despite him not really working and mostly watching TV then.  I barely respect my father because of all of this, since I had to pretty much teach myself what it meant to be an adult, since I only had a horrible example to look to.  I guess a negative example is better than no example, but it was pretty sad to realize at 10 that I wanted to be nothing like my dad because he wasn't really an adult.  He is a very intelligent and educated man, but because his parents pretty much handled all of his affairs his entire life he no longer has a life.  So you have this to look forward to with your kid.

/maybe I got trolled
2013-02-13 12:36:19 PM  
1 votes:
is this the thread where we all act like we should let kids run free and unsupervised?

i love this one

/also look forward to germ threads where suddenly everyone eats from the dumpster & uses rusty nails as toothpicks
2013-02-13 12:28:13 PM  
1 votes:
You can call me whatever you want as a parent. I don't give a shiat. Out of the billions of people on this planet there is ONE who came from me. I'll do whatever I can to protect him and give him guidence.
2013-02-13 12:21:13 PM  
1 votes:

JohnAnnArbor: somedude210: Just curious but is there a link between helicopter parents, special snowflake syndrome and why my generation (24) is a bunch of do-nothing crybabies?

Probably.  I'm early 40s.  When I was a college freshman, the cafeteria jobs were gone by the first day of classes.  A few years later, the same jobs would go unfilled all year.  I asked an underclassman who constantly complained about lacking cash about taking one of those; she was HORRIFIED at the idea of lowering herself to work food service.


I scored some of my best weed in food service. There are perks aside from the cash.
2013-02-13 12:13:05 PM  
1 votes:
BuzzFeed? Nope. Sorry, but the sponsored links are gay enough, so I'm not going to even go to BF anymore.
2013-02-13 12:02:42 PM  
1 votes:

somedude210: Just curious but is there a link between helicopter parents, special snowflake syndrome and why my generation (24) is a bunch of do-nothing crybabies?


Probably.  I'm early 40s.  When I was a college freshman, the cafeteria jobs were gone by the first day of classes.  A few years later, the same jobs would go unfilled all year.  I asked an underclassman who constantly complained about lacking cash about taking one of those; she was HORRIFIED at the idea of lowering herself to work food service.
2013-02-13 12:01:08 PM  
1 votes:
FTA: They asked the students how much they agreed with statements like "If I am having an issue with my roommate, my mother would try to intervene" and "If I were to receive a low grade that I felt was unfair, my mother would call the professor."

If I were to have received a low grade that I felt was unfair, my mom would have shrugged her shoulders and my dad would have told me to cut my hair and get a job and quit wasting his hard-earned money on tuition.
2013-02-13 12:00:36 PM  
1 votes:
2013-02-13 11:59:18 AM  
1 votes:

CapeFearCadaver: miss diminutive: In university I actually received a telephone call from one of my roommate's mothers who yelled at me for a) trying to institute an unfair "chore wheel" which would require her daughter to take out the garbage once a month and b) not taking her daughter along on during our last grocery trip.

Not surprisingly, my roommate was a psycho hose-beast.

I was friends with a girl in high school whose mother was like that. The woman was completely insane and followed her daughter everywhere. This was also before cell phones so she would drive by her friends houses if she was out for say a sleep over, or we'd see her drive slowly the movie theater if we were at the movies. Put the girl on oodles of medications even though the girl did not need to be on any sort of medications.

The girl decided she had had enough of the over-baring mother so she ran away with her boyfriend (these were all really good kids, made good grades, kinda nerdy...) Woman calls up my parents insisting that her daughter ran away because I was such a bad influence on her kid. Asks my mom to speak to me and when my mom said I wasn't home completely went off the rails screaming and cussing at my mother, ect ect ect. She ends up coming to my parents house banging on the door, still screaming, blaming me (who knows why) for her daughter running away. Long story shorter, cops were called, woman's husband was called and she ended up in the mental hospital for about a year.

Daughter was at the boyfriends house with his parents, they were protecting the girl from the mom. When mom went away she moved back in with her dad and he got a divorce and a restraining order.


I hope she's doing well; few stories have happy endings.

/Nice to see she had people in her life willing to step in
2013-02-13 11:52:18 AM  
1 votes:
I dislike blaming the kids for this. It's not their fault they have cretinous farking parents.
2013-02-13 11:33:40 AM  
1 votes:
This year our son's school (he is in middle school) switched to a system where grades are posted throughout the semester online on a parents portal. These include grades for quizzes, tests, reports etc. which is actually pretty nice as we don't have to go through the pulling teeth to get grades from him etc. The first time I logged on, I set it up so we would get weekly emails so we wouldn't have to log in. After about 8 weeks we received a note from our son's homeroom teacher noting that we hadn't logged onto the parents portal in awhile and it was imperative to log on to track grades. I went back on, figuring there was something I missed when I set up the emails. Nope, just Big Brother upset we weren't being proper helicopter parents.
2013-02-13 09:16:58 AM  
1 votes:
A girl I knew growing up, extremely nice and talented, had the terrible combination of helicopter parents and a stage mother. This woman had wormed her way into every facet of her daughter's life and it was pretty creepy to witness. There were a few instances of the girl acting out as high school came along and I had the feeling that you could draw a straight line from the mother's pressure right to the daughter's behavior.

After a few years of college out of state I heard that the girl had cut off contact with the mother, and a few months ago I actually read in the paper that the girl got a restraining order, about 10 years too late. There's nothing good about helicopter parents. It wouldn't bother me how pathetic they are if they weren't so goddamn damaging to their kids.
 
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