Comments on: C is for C-4, that’s good enough for me! http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/12/helicopter-parent-cookie-monster-frightened-my-adult-child/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:42:49 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: cgeye http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/12/helicopter-parent-cookie-monster-frightened-my-adult-child/comment-page-1/#comment-872498 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 17:02:15 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16524#comment-872498 Children are raised to take care of their own allergies… and be polite about declining. That individual assertiveness, rather than class-wide banning of suspect treats, also means taking care of one’s self with alternate goodies brought from home… which helicopter mom/dad probably don’t want the fuss of making. Hmmm….

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/12/helicopter-parent-cookie-monster-frightened-my-adult-child/comment-page-1/#comment-872476 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 14:59:36 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16524#comment-872476 Interesting point–and a good one, I think.

One of the things I really like about living out in flyoverland is that these anxieties about allergies seem to be pretty muted. Birthdays are celebrated with classroom treats without having everything X-rayed and screened for tree or ground-nut, soy, gluten, or whatever allergies.

Mabye it’s the Western attitude: it’s your affair, and none of my own, so children are raised to take care of their own allergies.

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By: Perpetua http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/12/helicopter-parent-cookie-monster-frightened-my-adult-child/comment-page-1/#comment-872469 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 14:31:06 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16524#comment-872469 @MattL – I think you’re totally right about the sharing angle. There is nothing 21st century (helicopter) parents are more terrified of than sharing food. Just think how Halloween became a hysteria-fueled interventionfest (even before the awareness about nut allergies) after some apocryphal stories about poisoned candy. Those of us raised in the 80s and later are culturally programmed to imagine sharing food with strangers as the most dangerous activity ever. Only a sociopath would offer strangers food, and only a fool would take food from a stranger.

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By: kt http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/12/helicopter-parent-cookie-monster-frightened-my-adult-child/comment-page-1/#comment-872279 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 23:25:30 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16524#comment-872279 Be careful about bringing food. Cookies, ok until you encounter a helicopter parent. Greek yogurt and peanut butter, not solid enough to let through.

I had to eat it on the spot.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/12/helicopter-parent-cookie-monster-frightened-my-adult-child/comment-page-1/#comment-872255 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 22:25:20 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16524#comment-872255 I did that because I’m not in the business of shaming individuals so much as drawing attention to foolish behavior. It’s true that anyone can read the names at the link, but I just wasn’t comfortable using my blog that way.

Their individual identities aren’t important–it’s the reaction to the cookies and the decision by a non-passenger to call the TSA that’s the important issue.

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By: Comrade PhysioProf http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/12/helicopter-parent-cookie-monster-frightened-my-adult-child/comment-page-1/#comment-872234 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 21:42:09 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16524#comment-872234 Why did you hyphen out the names of the people involved in the story when you quoted it? They were there in the original new story, and so they sure as fucke aren’t anonymous anyway.

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By: Kathie http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/12/helicopter-parent-cookie-monster-frightened-my-adult-child/comment-page-1/#comment-872189 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 18:13:32 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16524#comment-872189 Back in November of 2001 I flew to a meeting, and there were of course all kinds of warnings in the airports and over the intercom – including a warning not to joke about any of the security precautions. A couple of weeks later I was again flying, that time with my family including my teenage son. The screening agent made a humorous comment about my son’s large shoes – and I said, I thought we weren’t supposed to joke. He said, When they won’t let me joke, I’m leaving.
A month or so later, voila, the Shoe Bomber incident.
Even so, I am in favor of making jokes about these things whenever possible, and I hope that screener never got in trouble for his shoe-related jokes!

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/12/helicopter-parent-cookie-monster-frightened-my-adult-child/comment-page-1/#comment-872180 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:37:29 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16524#comment-872180 I’m going to change the name of the post anyway. Never be afraid to revise for teh funny!

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/12/helicopter-parent-cookie-monster-frightened-my-adult-child/comment-page-1/#comment-872178 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:36:08 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16524#comment-872178 C is for C-4, that’s good enough for me!
I can’t believe I didn’t think about that for the headline of this post.

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By: Matt_L http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/12/helicopter-parent-cookie-monster-frightened-my-adult-child/comment-page-1/#comment-872166 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:01:35 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16524#comment-872166 Umm. You can bring your own food on the plane now. They x-ray your sandwich its not a big deal.

the real problem here is that helicopter parent found something sinister in *sharing*

Had the two children in question started selling the cookies for $3 a pop in the middle of the flight, then they would have been completely within their rights as entrepreneurs. Indeed they would have been awarded the Ayn Rand medal for budding free-marketeers. They would have both sold at the going rate and circumvented government control of the market.

But instead, they did the commie thing and shared. The shame of it. Their parents ought to be investigated. Who will think of the children?

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