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Are You A Helicopter Parent?

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Take this quiz to find out if you're a little too overbearing with the kids. Brought to you by Seven Days.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Last spring, when friends asked where your son was going to college, you said:
    • A. 

      “Wow, is he graduating this year?”

    • B. 

      “He picked some good schools, and he’s waiting to hear from them.”

    • C. 

      “We’re applying to Duke, Oberlin and UVM.”

    • D. 

      “We got in early decision to Middlebury. Our college admissions consultant was worth every penny of her $40,000 fee.”

  • 2. 
    How often do you communicate with your daughter while she’s away at school?
    • A. 

      At least once or twice a semester.

    • B. 

      Once or twice a week.

    • C. 

      Daily.

    • D. 

      Several times a day — best friends have a lot to talk about.

  • 3. 
    Your son is meeting lots of new friends at school. How many of them can you name?
    • A. 

      None. Not sure I can name any of his high school friends, either.

    • B. 

      A few.

    • C. 

      Most of them.

    • D. 

      All of them. Every time he mentions new acquaintances, I look them up on Facebook and send them a friend request.

  • 4. 
    You take your 18-year-old son and his new girlfriend to dinner during parents weekend. They’re headed to a party afterward. You should:
    • A. 

      Offer to stop at the liquor store to buy them a fifth of Gentleman Jack.

    • B. 

      Tell them to make smart choices and have a good time.

    • C. 

      Text him around midnight to see if they’re still out, and remind him that you have a breakfast date at 10 a.m.

    • D. 

      Insist on coming along to meet some of your new Facebook friends in real life.

  • 5. 
    Your daughter waits tables at a Burlington restaurant a couple nights a week. She calls home to complain about certain foreign customers who always “forget” to tip her. You should:
    • A. 

      Let her call go to voice mail; you just talked last week.

    • B. 

      Listen sympathetically and ask questions such as “What do you think you should do?”

    • C. 

      Call her boss and ask her to put up a sign reminding foreign customers that they’re expected to tip.

    • D. 

      Drive to Burlington the next night she’s working. As her customers leave, surreptitiously check to see that they’ve left a tip with their bill. If not, put some of your own cash on the table where she’ll find it.

  • 6. 
    Your daughter hopes to get a summer internship at a local engineering firm, which will help her find a job when she graduates. You should:
    • A. 

      Tell her to take the summer off. You’re only young once, right? If she can’t find a job, she can move back home.

    • B. 

      Tell her about your friend who works there and encourage her to call him.

    • C. 

      Call the internship supervisor and try to convince her to give your daughter a chance.

    • D. 

      Stage an accident in their office building, threaten to sue, then offer to allow your daughter to intern as payment in lieu of monetary damages.

  • 7. 
    It’s time for your daughter to sign up for classes. You should:
    • A. 

      Remind her to take something useful, for chrissake.

    • B. 

      Ask her what she’s planning to take.

    • C. 

      Offer to help her with registration.

    • D. 

      Tell her you’ll email her the schedule once you’ve finalized it with her academic adviser.

  • 8. 
    Your son got a C on his first political science paper. You should:
    • A. 

      Tell him it’s not too late to drop out of school — you can still get some of your money back.

    • B. 

      Commiserate with him and encourage him to do his best.

    • C. 

      Call the professor and argue for a better grade.

    • D. 

      Call the dean and accuse the professor of sabotaging your son’s success to further his elite, ultraliberal agenda.

  • 9. 
    Your daughter’s freshman roommate is a party girl who drinks, stays out late and brings hookups home at night. Your studious daughter is freaking out. You should:
    • A. 

      Tell her to loosen up and tag along with her roomie once in a while.

    • B. 

      Advise her to talk with her roommate and set some boundaries. If that doesn’t work, tell her to talk with the RA.

    • C. 

      Call the roommate, scold her and threaten to call her parents.

    • D. 

      Report the roommate’s underage drinking to the cops and set up a sting operation to catch her.

  • 10. 
    Your son graduated from college and has his first job interview. You should:
    • A. 

      Remind yourself to congratulate him on graduating. That was, what, a few weeks ago?

    • B. 

      Send him a good-luck text.

    • C. 

      Go with him and make sure he asks all the right questions.

    • D. 

      Go with him and record the interview using a hidden camera — it’s never too early to stockpile evidence for a wrongful-termination lawsuit.