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2013-02-13 12:08:04 PM
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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 09:05:52 AM
3 votes:
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.
2013-02-13 01:05:52 PM
2 votes:

somedude210: JohnAnnArbor: 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 should add, I noticed a lot more "parental involvement" in general at the same time.  (Some can be good, to be clear; I mean the toxic kind.)

Last year, we needed a fourth roommate so we didn't get stuck with another random for our on-campus apartment, so I offered it to a kid I kinda knew (we talked in  class a bit, nothing major) so my other two roommates agreed and we got him in with us for last year. After about a month post-move in, the dude kinda became the butt of our jokes. He was incredibly creepy (just appearing at our doorways and staring for a couple of minutes before saying anything) and socially inept sometimes (like most engineers, really...okay, slightly aspie engineers) I only met his mother a couple of times and she was on his case about everything. My parents dropped my shiat off when I moved in and left as soon as the car was unloaded. Same with the other two. This kid though, shiat, his mother insisted that they stay and make sure he's "all moved in" and everything. Dude lived closer to campus than I did (~45 minutes)

Towards the end of the year, one of my roommates and I were preparing for our senior design presentation, and were understandably stressed for the 2 weeks prior. Creepy kid got on our nerves with everything, especially the classes that we had together. Dude got pissed at me for something (I think I told him to "fark off" for deliberately pushing my buttons). So he sends me this 6 page manifesto t ...


manifesto or it didn't happen.
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 12:28:13 PM
2 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 12:11:19 PM
2 votes:
You ALL RIGHT!

I learned by watching you.
2013-02-13 11:47:05 PM
1 votes:

Merry Sunshine: miss diminutive: trying to institute an unfair "chore wheel" which would require her daughter to take out the garbage once a month

Out of curiosity, did you have 30 roommates, or just how did this "chore wheel" work?



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2013-02-13 01:20:07 PM
1 votes:

CtrlAltDestroy: grinding_journalist: 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.

Um, no. A trebuchet is a type of catapult. It's like toads and frogs. All trebuchets are catapults but not all catapults are trebuchets.


and if they are made of wood they are witches.
not the toads and frogs. They are more like ducks.
just weigh the biatch already.
2013-02-13 01:15:09 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.


And what thanks will you get? He'll put you in the crooked nursing home they showed on 60 Minutes and he'll never write or call.
2013-02-13 12:21:12 PM
1 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.


I know how this ended. Once she got away the stage mom focused on your friends sister. Who admittedly became a stripper. But the best and most famous stripper ever.
2013-02-13 12:19:24 PM
1 votes:
Obvious tags mom says its to cold to come out to play.
2013-02-13 09:50:15 AM
1 votes:
It's all of those phthalates leaching out from the bubble wrap.

/turns em into nancy boys
2013-02-13 09:25:20 AM
1 votes:

somedude210: 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?


No, I relate the helicopter parenting to more acting out than anything else. My parents were pretty lenient with me and I'm solidly the 'do nothing' variety.
 
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