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It’s Summer Time – Time to order your HelicopterMamma tote.  Beach time, family time, FUN TIME!!!  We will be reorganizing the product order page and will update you as soon as possible.  What are your special plans for 4th of July?  We need our tote bags to carry our food and fun items to and from the 4th of July festivities.  Let me know what your 4th of July plans are with your family.

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Class of 2016

Is your son or daughter graduating this year?  Whether it’s grammar, high school or even college – it’s an exciting time for parents.  Graduation is the beginning of a new chapter in our children’s lives.  It’s symbolic of their growth and moving from one stage to the next.  I remember when my son Arthur graduated from high school, I was so happy that I cried.

I knew he was growing up and leaving for college and it was extremely difficult for me to grasp the concept that I would not be cooking dinner for him every evening or driving him to football games.  As parents we want to see our children grow and mature and become independent.  But, it was and still is very difficult for me.  I have no more children at home with me and I am suffering from “empty nest” syndrome.

I am happy for everyone who is a member of the Class of 2016 – no matter what your grade level – it’s a time for celebration!

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End of Semester

The end of the college Spring semester is coming to a close.  My son has worked diligently this year to earn really good grades.  I can’t wait to find out what his final grades are, but I am hoping for all A’s.  This Summer Arthur plans to work full-time and also enroll in a few Summer courses.  He called me last night to tell me that his best friends brother was recently diagnosed with “Bi-Polar Disorder”.  I’m not sure if any of you know how serious this disease can be…here are a few fast facts on the disease:

Can’t be cured, but treatment may help
Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
Requires a medical diagnosis
Each episode usually lasts days to weeks at a time. Episodes may occur several times a year or throughout the year.
Mania symptoms include periods of elevated mood or irritability. When experiencing a manic episode, a patient often has high energy levels with reduced need for sleep. Less often, people may experience psychosis. Depression symptoms include feeling sad, low energy, low motivation, or loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities.
Treatments can help reduce symptoms. Medications include valproic acid, lithium, lamotrigine, quetiapine, among others. Other treatments include cognitive behavior therapy or psychotherapy.
Turns out his friends brother stopped taking all medication given to him by his doctor and his depression is getting increasingly worse.  If you know anything more about this disorder, please send me your feedback.
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When Mom is ill

rosesI have been very ill lately and have not been able to post as regularly as I’d like to – but I am slowly improving and in time I will get back to posting all of your favorite topics to the blog.  Thanks so much for your prayers and well wishes.

Sincerely,

HelicopterMamma

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Interesting Article

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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shortbread

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.

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!

decor on a dime

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…

poinsettia

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.

pine trees

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

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