I was at a volunteer meeting the other morning and my friend who just dropped her son off at his first year of college told me a hilarious new term she learned. I'm sure you have already heard of the helicopter parent. Yes, our generation is guilty of that. Even though we were raised by parents who vaguely remembered which grade we were in or where the school was located, we somehow have become masters of our children's universes, volunteering, organizing and filling out forms until our fingers bleed.
The guidance counselor at the freshman orientation told the parents, "This is where the helicopter lands, people." She then went on to explain how critical it was for parents to let go. Lest you become a SNOW PLOW parent. You know who you are. Plowing the way ahead for your child. Making sure the path is clear, tidy and free of nasty rocks that could trip them. I am definitely in danger of transforming my helicopter into a snow plow. Thankfully, I get by with a little help from my friends. They keep me in check, they tell me to let go, they remind me that real men use shovels.
So, in honor of all of us hard-working helicopters and snow plows, I came up with a way to unwind this weekend. It's Friday, let the games begin!
Back-to-School Drinking Game for Moms
Grab a friend and a bottle.
• You went to more than one Staples to find the right sized notebooks. Drink again if you went to more than two.
• Drink if you received a text from your child during the school day this week. Drink again if this required immediate action on your part.
• You filled out a registration form by hand. Drink again if your child is in middle or high school.
• You signed up for yard duty. Drink again if you’re friends with the coordinator of yard duty.
• You’ve already input all dates for all upcoming fall events into your family calendar. Drink again if you are in charge of any of these events.
• You are on a first name basis with the principal. Drink again if you have his/her cell number programmed in your phone. Drink a third time if you have ever hugged this person.
• You have your child in more than one sport. Drink again if you have your child in more than one sport and one other extra-curricular activity. Drink a third time if you have more than three. Beyond that, empty the bottle.
• You have more than one volunteer position. Drink again if you are on the board of your child’s school or sport team. Drink a third time if you are on both. If you are on the board of more than one school, and at least one sport team, see above.
• Last, but not least, drink if you have to set your alarm tomorrow for a sports game. Drink again if you have to set it for SAT Prep courses. Drink a third time if you have to set it for both. If you have more than one child doing more than one of these, see above.