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How to Stop Being Helicopter Parents -

One Day They Will Fly the Coop

What Happens When Overprotected Kids Leave Home?

Even the most coddled child has to untie the apron strings eventually. (One historical exception: When Douglas MacArthur entered West Point as a cadet, his helicopter mom moved into an apartment near the grounds, reportedly so that she could watch him study through a telescope.) Holly Schiffrin, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, thinks that some parents of college students have not gotten the memo. “They call me to discuss grades, or they want my help setting schedules,” she says. “Some even monitor their kids’ diet and exercise habits.” Yet all this loving care does not always result in happier offspring, as Schiffrin discovered when she surveyed 297 students and found that the ones with controlling parents were more anxious and depressed. A separate study of 300 freshmen from Keene State College, in Keene, New Hampshire, found that heli-parented students were more likely to feel angry, worried, self-conscious, and vulnerable.

Although it might sound great to have someone swoop in to take care of everything, human beings have an innate need to do things for themselves. “Competence and autonomy have been consistently associated with well-being,” says Schiffrin. “Helicopter parents undermine these ideas. They’re sending young adults the message ‘You’d better let me do it. You’re not capable of solving your own conflicts or managing your own budget.’ ” This could explain why, in a survey from the website OnlineCollege.org, one in five students thought that it would be OK to have their parents contact a prospective employer.  Constant involvement in their personal (and professional) lives might have something to do with nonstop communication. Call it a technological umbilical cord: According to the OnlineCollege.org survey, 41 percent of student’s text, e-mail, or call their parents daily. “When I was in college, there was one pay phone for the entire floor. I talked to my parents once a week,” says Schiffrin. “If I had a dispute with my roommate, I had to handle it. Now kids can e-mail their papers to their parents.”

And why not, if Mom and Dad are helping to pay for the class? College is expensive, says Schiffrin, and parents may want to make sure that they get a return on their investment. “There’s this academic terror that parents have for their kids,” says child psychologist Lawrence Cohen, Ph.D., “and the recession adds to it.” Micromanagement is a classic way of coping with larger anxieties, he says: “When things feel out of control, we try to exert control in other ways.” But doing everything under the sun to ensure that your child gets an A in astronomy isn’t going to make you or him feel more secure. And that you can take to the bank.

Article from the website www.realsimple.com

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New Ladies Tees

We have some new ladies t-shirt designs that will be listed for sale in our store in a few days.  Take a look at some of the exciting colors.  We gave you moms exactly what you asked for – you wanted pretty, bright and feminine colors and that’s what we did.  Take a look for yourself and keep in mind all of our products are made with 100% Organic Cotton!

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Girl Scouts

I’ve not been getting out much but yesterday I made a quick run to the market and I saw my favorite cookies – there they were sitting on tables outside of the market in cute little, colorful boxes being sold by Girl Scouts.  My favorite are the shortbread ones – yummy goodness in every bite.  I hope that wherever you live, whatever town – that you are supporting our local Girl Scouts by buying as many boxes of cookies as possible.  Even if you don’t eat them, give them away to a friend, co-worker or neighbor.

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Girl Scout Mission – Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

100+ Years – Founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout Troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia.

An American Institution – Girl Scouts of the USA was chartered by the U.S. Congress on March 16, 1950.

Still Growing Strong – Today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts—2.3 million girl members and 890,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers.

Empowering Girls – In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through a myriad of enriching experiences, such as extraordinary field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships, girls grow courageous and strong. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.

At Home and Abroad – Girls at home and abroad participate in troops and groups in more than 92 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas, and over 100 local Girl Scout councils offer girls the opportunity for membership across the United States.

An International Family – Through its membership in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a worldwide family of 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries.

A Pivotal Part of Women’s History – More than 59 million American women enjoyed Girl Scouting during their childhood—and that number continues to grow as Girl Scouts of the USA continues to inspire, challenge, and empower girls everywhere.

 

 

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Surfing, Are You Serious?!!

surfing lessonsDoesn’t this look like fun?  It’s better for the kids to take surfing lessons, rather than go out into the ocean to actually learn how to surf.  Stay warm as you watch these kids having fun surfing.  Mother knows it’s better to practice first before doing the real thing.  Those waves can be a little crazy.

Click link to see video http://youtu.be/B3s38LrfkfU

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New Products Coming Soon

Our products page in the coming weeks will feature many new products.  New products, which you’ve requested will be added during the month of February 2014.  If you have written us with requests regarding diaper bags, they will be coming soon.  Also, I will be back to work (blogging and responding to your emails) very soon.  In the meantime, check out our new cell phone case.

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Recuperating

I recently had surgery and I’m home recuperating.  But, I want to thank my loyal readers and tell you all that I will be back posting on the topics you enjoy reading about on a regular basis by end of this month.  Taking time to heal, rest and come back even stronger. Have a wonderful weekend.

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Happy New Year!

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Wishing you and your family and safe and Happy New Year – Happy 2014!

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Ladies Black Long Sleeve Tee

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Order your ladies long sleeve (black) t-shirt today and get one FREE!

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New Fitted Ladies Tee

ladies fitted teeWe are excited about our new ladies fitted tee – so much so – that we are offering a BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE special during the month of December!  Check out our wonderful products, which will make fantastic gifts for the Helicopter Mom’s on your Christmas list.

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Decorating on a Dime

Martha Stewart shows us how we can decorate our home for the holidays for little to nothing.  If you are having a large holiday dinner for the upcoming holidays, then take lessons from Martha Stewart on how you can save loads of money on all of your holiday decorations. Style at Home magazine will show you how, visit www.styleathome.com

It’s easy, inexpensive, requires very little time and effort and the results are simply amazing!

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Martha makes everything look so easy, as patterns and styles simply fall into place.  We want our homes to look beautiful for the holidays, but we simply can’t afford to spend tons of money.

Here are few tips…

It’s yard sale season! Get the most out of it with advice from Jo-Anne Lauzer, publisher-editor of the B.C.-based website secondhandsavvy.com.

Bring along

• A measuring tape, blanket to wrap purchases, screw- driver.

• Small bills and coins – most sellers won’t have much change.

• Lists of the items and sizes you need.

• Pen and paper so you can leave your name and number. If something is beyond your budget, the owners might be willing to call and make a deal if it’s not sold by end of day.

Garage sale etiquette

• If the ad says no early birds, don’t show up an hour early.

• Always check if prices are negotiable before haggling. It’s best not to negotiate on items under a dollar.

• Make sure items work and all the pieces are intact before you buy.

• Avoid making negative comments while browsing. People get attached to the strangest things and feelings can be hurt.

• A friendly smile and hello goes a long way – it is a social outing after all.

 

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The Perfect Poinsettia

It’s that time of year and I went shopping last night for the perfect Poinsettia and I simply couldn’t find one that I thought would last until Christmas Day and not wilt over and turn brown.  Even though I water and take really good care of my plants, I noticed during the holidays the local stores carry Poinsettia that just aren’t the perfect color.  I want that truly RED, VELVET looking flower, that makes your holiday guests’ eyes open really wide when they see it.  Take a look at what the local stores have…

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Do the colors look rich enough for your holiday decorations?  I say, “No”, they look dull and dreary.  There must be a better way. The only problem is that here in the Midwest, the weather is too cold to plant my own Poinsettia.  If you have any suggestions, please feel free to email them to carolyn@helicoptermamma.org.

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 I’m just not happy with the selection at my local grocers.

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Black Thursday

Thanksgiving Day is supposed to be spent with family, close friends and a Butterball Turkey – wrong!  I did however, spend this past Thanksgiving holiday with my family and very close friends and yes – we did enjoy a nice turkey with some delicious cranberry dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, peach cobbler, pumpkin pie, nice white wine and oh yes – Walmart!  After our wonderful and long-awaited dinner, my son mentioned that he’d like to purchase a new Samsung 40 inch Smart TV.  Wal-mart was having a sale on this particular item that night.  How convenient?  So, after we finished dinner and reminisced about past Thanksgiving holiday dinners, took photographs, laughed and then cried – my son dragged me out of the house to Walmart.  Bad move….

We arrived in the parking lot of Wal-mart at about 5:08 PM.  There was already a line forming at the front door of about 400 people.  There were kids of all ages, mothers, fathers, and folks that didn’t look like they even knew where they were or why?  Just a mob of folks running to the door and trying their best to get in line.  So, as we parked, I asked my son, “What’s the line for?”  He replied, “Mom, it’s like this every year”.  I wouldn’t know, because I never in my life have gone shopping on Thanksgiving holiday.  I usually eat, drink a nice glass of wine and go to bed.  But, that was not happening tonight.  No thanks to my wonderful son.

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There were so many people, the local news stations were out there reporting the large number of folks who were just going crazy over the sale prices.  It wasn’t even Black Friday, it was my Black Thursday!  It was scary….

parking lot

flat screen tvCustomers who waited the 3-4 hour wait in line, were then awarded with the big prize.  Being told to take your vehicle around the back of the store for package pick-up.  That was a whole different kind of nightmare!  It was a feeding frenzy!!!

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This was our package claim – we needed this along with our store receipt, proof of purchase – before we could circle our car around back to pick up our prize.

samsung 40 inch

The grand prize was 4-5 plus hours of standing in line, pushing and shoving and finally getting what we came for – the 40 inch Samsung Smart TV.  Was it worth it?  For me NO!  For my son, YES!  He got his TV and I got 5 hours of headache…Never again!  No more Black Thursdays for me!

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Black Friday Shopping

If you have kids who are in college and plan to go shopping this Friday, a good idea would be to equip your children with debit cards because cash can be lost.  However, if they shop with a debit card you can keep track of their spending and if they lose the card – just quickly contact the card issuer and have it replaced.  My son is in college and I signed up him for the Pass Card from American Express.

pass cardThe Pass Card from American Express comes with the following features:

1) Prepaid re-loadable personalized card

2) Safer than cash

3) Kids can only spend what’s on the card; so it’s not like a debit or credit card where your kids can exceed the credit line to run into over draft issues.  Overdraft charges can run as high as $35.00 each.  Even if your son or daughter made a purchase for $15.00, your bank would still charge you a $35.00 over draft fee.  And those fees can really add up.

pass cardChoose when to add funds

Set up automatic reloads online, so instead of asking for money, teens will know when their allowance is coming. It’s easy to reload PASS anytime, online or by phone.

Track activity easily – View balance and purchase history online anytime from anywhere, or set up alerts. Teens can also view balances online, or track their funds via text messages.
If something breaks - If an eligible item purchased with PASS accidentally breaks, or is stolen, Purchase Protection, can reimburse your teen—up to 90 days from the date of purchase.
If a car won’t start -PASS also includes Roadside Assistance, so your teen won’t get stranded. Just call us and we’ll send help.
Global Assist® Services - Your teen is backed by Global Assist. Rely on us 24/7 for emergency assistance while traveling. We can direct the Card member to English-speaking medical and legal professionals, help with lost passports, and much more.
If you have questions - You and your teen can call us 24/7 at 1-877-405-7277. American Express Customer Service will be available anytime, day or night.

How to Add Funds:

Direct Deposit - Save time adding money to your teen’s Card by using Direct Deposit to transfer part of your paycheck automatically. It’s simple and secure. Get started by logging in to your account.

Bank Account - Simply enter your account information online to reload whenever you choose, but note, for your protection, it will take 3-5 business days to verify and load the funds.

American Express Card - Add funds quickly anytime you choose, or set up automatic reloads to make it even easier.

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MicroTouch SwitchBlade

MicroTouch

My husband used this new all-in-one, head-to-toe groomer that removes hair from anywhere on his body. It’s great for ear, nose, neck, eyebrows, sideburns trimming when you can’t get to the barbershop for a few days. My husband says he was pleasantly surprised by the value of the Micro Touch Switchblade. It’s a 6-piece set, has a built-in light, 4 snap on guides with German stainless steel blades. “It’s just amazing”, according to my husband. So, if you don’t have one already, go out and purchase one as a gift for your spouse or significant other for the Holidays – they will surely thank you.

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easy to follow

MicroTouch SwitchBlade comes with easy-to-follow instructions, which I’m sure your husband or significant other will find useful. It’s easy and quick and most of all inexpensive!  Go get one today.

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Gobble, Gobble

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It’s that time of year again.  Time to spend the holidays with family and close friends.  My son is in college and they will break for 4 days this Thanksgiving and I look forward to spending all four days with my son.  I miss him so much, since he now lives on campus.  But, I know this is the time he needs to acquire an education and grow as a young man.  He is responsible, hard-working and honest and I simply couldn’t ask for a better son.

What’s for dinner you ask?  Well, I am planning to cook a Butterball turkey with all the fixin’s.  A few of my family members eat ham, so I am planning to purchase a small ham from Honeybaked.  Their hams are simply delicious!  Never had any complaints in the past, so I will stick with the same company.  Although, there are a few other ham suppliers out there – one being Kansas City Steak Company. Now, I’ve heard these spiral hams are simply divine.  They are featured annually during the holidays on QVC and sell out pretty quickly, so if you’d like to order one – then I suggest you call them today 1-800-987-8325 or order online at www.kansascitysteaks.com.

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Kansas City Steak Company is currently offering a hickory smoked spiral sliced ham and hickory smoked whole turkey for only $129.95 – so you get both items for only $129.95.  This is the best deal I’ve seen so far.

apple pie

This year I’m baking an apple pie for dessert…one of Marta Stewart’s famous pie recipes and my family has given rave reviews for this particular recipe.

Apple-Sour Cream Crumb Pie

After a brief time in a 450-degree oven, this pie bakes at 350 degrees. You’ll want to use an oven thermometer to monitor the temperature. Because of the dense filling, a long cooling time is essential before slicing and serving.

FOR THE PIE DOUGH

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 stick plus 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup ice water

FOR THE CRUMB TOPPING

  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

FOR THE FILLING

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 6 Golden Delicious apples (about 2 1/2 pounds), peeled, cored, and sliced into 1/4-inch wedges

DIRECTIONS

  1. STEP 1

    Make the pie dough: Combine flour, salt, and granulated sugar in a food processor, and pulse to blend. Add butter, pulsing until pea-size clumps form. With machine running, add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture just comes together. Shape dough into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, about 45 minutes.

  2. STEP 2

    Roll out dough into a 15-inch round (1/4 inch thick) on a lightly floured surface. Fit into a 10-inch pie plate. Trim edge, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang, and fold under, pressing onto rim of pie plate. Use your fingers to create a scalloped edge if desired. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

  3. STEP 3

    Make the crumb topping: Whisk together sugars, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Add butter, and combine with a fork or pastry cutter. Stir in walnuts, and press filling into large clumps with your hands; refrigerate until ready to use.

  4. STEP 4

    Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees with 2 racks in lower third.

  5. STEP 5

    Make the filling: Whisk together granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in sour cream, eggs, and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Add apples, tossing to coat. Place apple mixture in crust.

  6. STEP 6

    Place an empty rimmed baking sheet on lowest oven rack to catch any drips, then bake pie 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees, and bake until apples are golden brown in places, juices are bubbling, and crust is golden brown, about 45 minutes.

  7. STEP 7

    Remove topping from refrigerator, and crumble over hot filling. Bake until topping is browned and set, apples are tender, and bottom crust is thoroughly baked, about 50 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack, 3 to 4 hours.

Enjoy your holiday, this is a special time to gather with family and close friends!

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