Medical Marijuana

marijuanaAs the mother of a college student, I worry all the time about my son being exposed to Medical Marijuana during his years in college.  He no longer resides at home with me and being a Helicopter Mom it’s difficult to control what he’s exposed to…so I’m writing this article and posing a question to moms all over the world…”How would you feel if your son or daughter was exposed to marijuana while away at college?

cotton candyIt seems that medical marijuana clinics are popping up all over the place and they are making millions of dollars.  The names on the products they are selling are similar to names of popular children’s candy…”cotton candy” or “sour OG” just to name a few.  I personally don’t drink nor do I spoke, not have I ever experimented with any types of drugs.  So, it would be devastating to me to learn that my son is being exposed to medical marijuana and that’s exactly what happened during his second year of college.  I was no longer a mother in control, but someone on the outside looking in…living miles and miles away.  I cringed just thinking about his friends smoking marijuana in his presence but what could I do? Absolutely NOTHING!

marijuanaIt seems that females are purchasing medical marijuana twice as much as young men are who are registered in colleges and universities around the world.  I never could understand what drugs do for someone, but my son says his friends smoke medical marijuana because “it’s legal in their state” and “it helps them study better and they do really well on exams and quizzes”.  But, how can a mind altering drug help your mind operate more efficiently?  That’s the big question…read my next post on medical marijuana to get the answer.

 

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Healthy Eats…

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Trying my best to eat a healthy meal today.  One of my favorite places to eat is Urth Caffe in Pasadena, CA.  They also have a great location in Beverly Hills and the food is delicious.  The salads are fresh, the iced organic green tea is simply the best green tea I’ve ever tasted.

Urth Caffe

I couldn’t resist the chocolate chip cookie and lemonade…but you’ve gotta try their organic green tea!!!!

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This place is easy on the wallet and easy on the calories.

organic green tea

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College Students and Eating Healthy

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My friend’s daughter is overweight.  College did nothing but add to her stress and she comforted herself with fast food.  College can be life-changing for many, as some move out-of-state and far away from home to pursue their educational goals.  But, I think as parents we should try to help our kids to refrain from junk food and eat as healthy as possible.  Studying late nights for an exam or getting off work and then rushing to a class, can be hectic and many college students simply don’t have the time to prepare and cook healthy meals.  I’ve suggested to my son that he eat Salmon and lots of salads. He also drinks a gallon of water each and every day which aids in his healthy lifestyle choices.  I know that losing weight is never easy and I highly suggest viewing a “diet” as a “lifestyle change” and not simply a “temporary change in eating habits.”

 

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Losing weight

The holiday season is rapidly approaching and weight loss is the most important thing on my mind right now.  I have to lose weight, so that I can really enjoy the holidays with my family and friends.  It’s no fun when hosting holiday parties and not being able to enjoy the good food.  So, I am concentrating on losing weight the old-fashioned way…diet, exercise and also reducing my caloric intake.

 

Weight Watchers

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A few of my close friends and family have joined weight watchers and they have already begun shedding the extra pounds.  But, I am not going to join weight watchers.  I want to try to conquer my weight problems on my own.  I am planning to workout at a gym 5 days each week.  I plan to drink tons of water and will also substitute two meals each day, with a meal replacement drink.  Watch for updates in future posts regarding my weight loss progress.  Also, feel free to send in your before and after photos, so I can post them for you.  Good Luck MOMS!

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Alcohol and College Students

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My son is over the age of 21 and I know that on his 21st birthday he actually went out and purchased alcohol with his friends.  He was completely honest with me and said, “Mom, I’ve tried beer and Vodka and it did nothing for me”.  Said he “hated the taste and how it made him feel sluggish and sleepy afterwards”.  I think if we have an “open dialogue” with our children about alcohol, then it will prevent them from drinking alcohol without our knowledge.  I’ve told my son that he can talk to me about ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING.  It’s crucial that we allow our sons and daughters to feel comfortable about opening up to us as parents.  I hate to see the number of drunk drivers (DUI’s) in the Unites States (college students), who really didn’t have to be in a “drink and drive” situation.  But, most of the time they are afraid to ask their parents for a ride, for fear of retribution.  As a mom, I think we should make our kids feel comfortable so they can open up to us and tell us everything and anything.  This is the only way we can help our kids lead successful lives.

Don’t drink and drive, call a friend, Uber, Lyft or just simply walk home.

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Preparing My Child for College…

How do I prepare my child for college?

Planning for college can begin as early as the sophomore year of high school. Before searching for a college, your child should assess his or her career and life goals carefully. While this will take a bit of soul searching, this can help a child prepare. Determine these goals by sitting down together and asking your child some questions about what would make him or her happy or what his or her strengths and weaknesses are. However, do not push your child toward a field he or she does not prefer.

Many teens have trouble determining their interests. Advise your child to visit his or her high-school guidance counselor and arrange for him or her to take interest-inventory tests, if possible. These tests, also found in college-preparatory books, are useful tools to help focus a student’s natural talents toward the right career path.

Most colleges have many prerequisites. Make sure your child is working toward completing the proper college-preparatory classes in high school. Although requirements vary from school to school and/or major to major, many colleges specify that an applicant must complete the following:

Four years of English
Three years of math: two in algebra, one in geometry
Three years of hard science: biology, chemistry, physics, etc.
Three years of social studies: U.S. history, world history, U.S. government
Two years of a foreign language

Various courses in the arts, computers, typing and other electives
Typically, colleges also require that the high-school student take either the ACT (American College Test, which measures English, math, reading and science skills, and has a maximum score of 36) and/or the SAT I (Scholastic Aptitude Test, which measures verbal and math skills, and has a maximum score of 2400).

Students should take these tests during their junior year. Some colleges may also require students to take the SAT II test, which measures ability in up to 17 different subject areas. The average college-bound test scores are 21 for the ACT and 1509 for the SAT. Your teen’s scores on these exams may limit the choice of schools to which he or she can apply, and each institution sets different minimum scores that it will accept. However, your teen is allowed and encouraged to improve his or her scores by repeating either paid test. You may even advise your child to prepare for these exams with a practice course or test, which are offered in books at any bookstore or through test-preparation programs.

For more information about preparing for college, contact the Admissions and Records Department for the college of interest.  Good luck!

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Sex and College

My son is a junior in college and talking to him about sex was something I did while he was in high school.  Although, I was hoping that when he started college, he would have enough knowledge about sex so that he would make the right decisions.  I think there should not be sex without marriage, but that’s just my opinion.  However, as parents we know that our children (teens) have hormones that sometimes control their actions.  Responsible sex is what we teach our kids, if they plan on having sex before marriage.  But, what exactly is “responsible sex”?

Is responsible sex:

  1. Having sex with a condom
  2. Making sure the female is on a birth control pill
  3. Pulling out prior to ejaculation
  4. Just kissing and going home before things get hot and heavy

Please write me and let me know how you feel about your teens having sex prior to marriage.  Do you advocate abstinence?  I can’t wait to hear your stories…

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After Summer Camp is Over

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When summer camp comes to a close, then it’s time to find additional activities for the kids.  Family time is important, because we all work and when children don’t get that quality time with their parents, they really do suffer from it.  Try to spend as much time as you can with your little ones and treasure each moment.  My best friend was not raised by her biological parents and although she was adopted, she always loved the quality time her adopted parents spent with her.  As a mother, you need to show your children that you love them by making time for them…although you may be tired after work, after cooking dinner and everything else that we mothers do – please try to take even thirty minutes to REALLY talk to your children and ASK THEM how they are doing.

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Beautiful Day Today

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The sun was shining and the birds were chirping…well the waves were beautiful today at the beach.  Hope you enjoy these pictures and enjoy the day with your family.  The year is quickly passing us by and pretty soon college semesters and quarters will begin, so enjoy your summer before it’s all over.

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Fall Semester or Quarter 2016

Is rapidly approaching…have you added your college courses for the upcoming Fall 2016 semester/quarter?  Some courses may be full and you will have to sign up to be placed on a priority waiting list – do so ASAP.  Some courses I recommend for the upcoming school year are:

Spanish

French

Economics (if you are a business student, like my son)

Marketing (my son is taking his first Marketing class this year and I know it will be fun!)

If you have any questions about registering late for classes, go to your college or university website for additional information.  Don’t procrastinate…get moving!!!

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4th of July Fun!

cake 4th4th of July holiday is almost here…what fun recipes are you sharing with family and friends?  Write me and let me know, so I can post some of your really delicious recipes.  My favorite is “Flag Cake”…it’s so pretty and tastes oh so good.  The kids love it.

Remember to be safe and enjoy the holidays with close family and friends.

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HelicopterMamma Tote

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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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