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Are you a Helicopter Mom?


Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. I’m back today and I’m talking about something other than the election. Although, I will say that I’m tired of all the political posts on Facebook. Lately when I sign on, it feels like everyone’s yelling at each other. Everyone’s pissed off and it just makes me tired. So, I’m only taking it in small doses right now.

But enough about that. Today, I’m writing about Helicopter Moms.

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What is a Helicopter Mom? We’ve all run into them. They’re the ones who take a good mom attitude and turn it up to the tenth degree. They’re overbearing and pushy and just a downright pain, but here’s the official definition.

A Helicopter Mom is a mom who pays extremely close attention to a child’s or children’s experiences and problems, particularly at educational institutions.

Although the phrase applies to parents with children at the high school and college level, it can be applied to children of all ages. Not sure if you’re a Helicopter Mom? Just read through the list below and see if you qualify.

Helicopter Moms

You might be a Helicopter Mom if you have the same Halloween Costume as your child.

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You might be a Helicopter Mom if you have to be in charge of every fund raising event at the school. In fact, you’re so sure you’re the only one capable of handling these events that you mud wrestle other parents who have the gall to volunteer.

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You might be a Helicopter Mom if you think the Parent Pick Up Line’s Procedure should be changed to accommodate you and your schedule.

You might be a Helicopter Mom if you hold up the Parent Pick Up Line because your special little cherub dropped her mood ring and needs to find it before you go home.

You might be a Helicopter Mom if your sweet little angel throws an incredible hissy fit about getting in the car, and you allow him to kick and scream, holding up everyone in line, and telling anyone who will listen that little Johnnie is just “expressing his feelings.”

You might be a Helicopter Mom if you go to Parent Teacher Conferences with your own graphs and charts of Little Gracie’s progress and explain to the teacher that she may just want to “rethink” her lesson plans for the rest of the year.

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You might be a Helicopter Mom if your child is consistently late for school and you argue with the principal explaining that “Jasmine is just making an entrance and therefore shouldn’t be marked tardy.”

You might be a Helicopter Mom if you push other parents down as you try to get photos of your precious sweetheart at the Christmas Concert.

You might be a Helicopter Mom if you show up during recess to “provide instructions” for the playground aides.

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You might be a Helicopter Mom if you go on play dates and take notes about the other children and then pass the information along to the teacher to “help” her deal with the kids’ behavioral issues.

All the above issues are symptoms of the dreaded disease Helicopter Momitis. If you feel you have some of these symptoms, don’t worry. The cure is More Cowbell.

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Thanks for stopping by and reading my post! Do you have more symptoms of Helicopter Momitis? If you do please leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you! And remember when you’re burning with the Fever of this dreaded disease the only cure is More Cowbell!

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