In a case of helicopter parenting gone absolutely sky high, a seventy-three-year-old Austrian woman has been charged with stalking her son after two straight years of calling him as much as forty-nine times a day for two and a half years.
That’s an average of twice an hour! Break it down to just waking hours, and yikes!
The woman says she isn’t able to talk to her son or daughter and has never met her fifteen-year-old grandchild. And she didn’t think there was a reason for that? You’ve got to wonder what kind of smotherer she was when her kids were living at home. Did she chat them up through homework time and make them report in when they wanted to go to the bathroom?
I used to be a big phone person, and I still have one aunt who I can talk with for a straight three hours on the phone (with repeated interjections from my three-year-old and her four-year-old and seven-year-old, mind you). But that’s not every day – or even every week.
What can a mother and child have to talk about forty-nine times in one day? We don’t even talk to our spouses that much if you think about it – we might say more than forty-nine sentences, but “honey, can you get me another roll of toilet paper?” is hardly worth dialing out about.
Now that I’m a parent, I have a lot less time for talking on the phone, and this guy has a fifteen-year-old. What about you; do you talk to your parents more or less now that YOU’RE a parent?
Image: VBHComm (not stalker grandma)