You've probably heard of the term "helicopter parenting," but do you really understand what it means? Let's take a look at the definition: "a style of child rearing in which an overprotective mother or father discourages a child's independence by being too involved in the child's life."

Very few things irritate me more than those who are helicopter parents, especially with their grown adult children. Some of the best lessons in life come from falling hard on the face and your adult kids will never know how to pick themselves up if you're always cushioning the fall. There's a difference between lending a hand and enabling immaturity.

While there seems to be an overabundance of helicopter parents these days, Christina and Mark Rotondo of Camillus certainly aren't. Instead of babying their son, Michael, Christina and Mark are serving up a dose of reality and tough love, so much so that their situation is now in the hands of the courts.

Christina and Mark have been having problems with their 30-year-old son and tried a variety of things to get him to move out of their home, but Michael has refused to budge.

According to, Christina and Mark's attempts to remove their son from their home began on February 2nd when they notified Michael that he had 14 days to move out. Michael ignored the letter and continued living in the house and so Christina wrote her son a letter explaining that he was being evicted immediately and warned that if he wasn't out by March 15th, she and Michael's father would seek legal action against him. Michael's parents even offered to help him move out by offering $1,100. They also gave him suggestions on how he could obtain more money by selling some of his valuables and let him know that they would be happy to assist in helping him find a job.

And yet, still no response from Michael. Can you imagine how thick the tension must be in that house?

Christina and Mark followed through on what they said they would do and went to the Camillus town court for some help evicting their son but were told they actually need the approval of a Supreme Court justice to remove Michael from their home. And so earlier this month, Christina and Mark filed a petition with the state's court to have their son removed and now they wait to see what happens.

I don't know what happened that made Christina and Mark so adamant that Michael be evicted from their home, but I can't imagine that their decision was an easy one.

If you want to read the letters that Christina and Mark wrote in their entirety, has them here.

Oh, and if you're wondering what the court had to say about the Rotondo's wanting to evict their son, the parents went before New York State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood on Tuesday, May 22nd and the judge said the parents are in the right and that Michael needs to pack up his stuff and move. Think this is the end of the story? Nope. Michael told reporters that he plans to appeal the ruling.

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