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Mar. 9th, 2008



Link from Petzi.

Hmm - I'm not sure whether this is really good news for those of you in the USA or not - but I have to admit that the phrase Lee A. Coffin, dean of undergraduate admissions at Tufts University, made me giggle!

Mar. 3rd, 2008

Soup dragon waving


Money, money, money.

Link from Petzi about finding college scholarship money in the States.

Feb. 6th, 2008



Half way there.

I have just received an e-mail from my daughter - I quote

By the way, today I am exactly half way through my degree. How incredibly scary!

All I can do is think yes - how incredibly scary!

To think that we set up the community before D-d, Miss Perfect, F, MTNG-1, Bojoette, Ravenwings_7, et al started at college/university - and for those on 3 year courses they are now half way through, give or take a bit depending on your academic years.

But folks, I think we can take a bit of a bow - as far as I know all of them are still there, still happy, and learning about life as well as their studies.

Go us! As they say....

Feb. 1st, 2008



Health care issues for US students

This article addresses something I didn't consider before my daughter started college, but she ran into precisely this problem. I have health care through my job, but we're required to use healthcare providers in our network. Consequently, if the school clinic provides her with a prescription, she has to pay full cost instead of the copay my insurance requires. Consequently, she tries to avoid using the clinic, scheduling doctor's appointments when she's home and getting rides to drugstore chains when she absolutely has to pick up a prescription.

The alternative would be to pay extra so she can use the school's healthcare plan, and I'm already paying a huge monthly amount for the healthcare we have, and I have an additional amount taken out of each paycheck to help cover the copays. (For those outside the US, a copy is a charge you have to pay per office visit or prescription, even if you have insurance. For instance, I pay $10 for generic drugs and more for other types. A copay to visit a doctor's office is less than to go to the emergency room. This is supposed to encourage us to use healthcare "wisely.")

Has anyone else encountered this? It's one of the biggest things M:TNG-1 asks me about because she tends towards hypochondria. She's always calling to have me pick up a prescription for her or to ask if something is serious enough to warrant a costly trip to the clinic. And if there's anything that gets my helicopter's blades whirring, it's worries about her health.

Jan. 3rd, 2008



Link from Petzi. Also The Minister's take on helicopter parenting!

This link might not be terribly good news for those of us in the US with children still to get into college - http://www.newsweek.com/id/83159 - although it is probably not something you didn't know.

Also - I missed the sermon in Church - I was doing Sunday School, but my daughter tells me that the minister was using the concept of Helicopter Parenting as part of his theme.

He said that there were three categories of helicopter parents;

(1) the helicopter gunship parent who zooms in with all guns blazing, blasting off at anyone and everyone who might be any sort of a threat to their child.

(2) the rescue helicopter, that swoops down and clears everything up, mending things, and regularly gathering up the 'injured' offspring and carting them straight back home where they will come to no more danger.

(3) the traffic helicopter - a parent who stays above it all, keeping an eye on things and passing on warnings and suggestions when it looks as if something is not going quite right, but not leaving the monitoring role to actually land unless there is a desperate need.

I rather like the idea that I try to be a traffic helicopter!

Dec. 12th, 2007



Research on helicoptering!

Here is a link from Petzi to some research on helicoptering!

I still think those of us around here seem to have it about right.

Sep. 18th, 2007



Discrete maternal panic.

My daughter decided on Saturday, that she is going to Kracow with her friend for a few days, this Saturday. Yes - the city in Poland, at a week's notice, just because they've both got a couple of weeks before D-d goes back to uni and some money saved.

They organised travel to and from the UK, flights, a hostel, a hotel in Liverpool on the way back on the internet on Sunday, got Zloties from the Bureau de Change today, and are raring to go.

Where did my quiet teenager who only went out with her friends about once a month, to the cinema, go? Where did this adventurous young woman come from?

I know I do have to trust her - and the skills to organise such a trip in 24 hours shows that they are quite capable - but a city in a country where she doesn't speak the language, with bars selling very potent vodka cheaply - aargh!

Still (::soothes self::) she's got herself a phrase book, and a guide to Kracow, and hopefully will get by with English and German. And planes really are a safe way to travel.

But the vodka......

Sep. 15th, 2007



Career Choice.

I am sure most of you will have seen this floating around as a meme and causing amusement -

1. Go to http://www.careercruising.com/.
2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.

But actually it seems to be a fairly accurate pointer to suitable careers - especially if you take the time to do the second set of questions to refine the answers.

So if any of us have off-spring who are unsure of what they intend to do long-term it might be worth pointing them in that direction.

Sep. 4th, 2007



backpack weight.

I used to worry about the weight my daughter carried in her backpack at secondary school.

I once weighed it in, on an average day, at about 18lb and then she carried her PE kit seperately in another bag. It looks as if that was just about a tolerable weight - the experts in such things as orthopaedics have concluded that a child can safely carry a backpack weighing about 10% of body weight, and fairly safely carry up to 15% of their body weight.

If you want to have fun with any offspring who are either still school age, or just at college, here is a link to a fun calculator -


Courtesy of a post on Petzi's journal.

Aug. 31st, 2007

Jedi Kermit


Being safe at college.

Most of us are feeling old hands at this student parenting thing by now but, in case anyone thinks their off-spring could benefit from it, here is a video clip aboutcampus safety passed on by Petzi.

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