Parent College Tip #11: Don’t Make These Parenting Mistakes

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Are you heading into helicopter parenting?

Have you made these parenting mistakes?

If you’re a parent of a college-bound teen, you’ve heard the term “helicopter parenting.” In many circles, it’s gotten a bad rap. Parents today are involved and committed to helping their teens with college decisions. Do some parents cross the line? Absolutely. Although, it is a fine line. As parents, we just want the best for our kids. But in wanting the best, we sometimes make some mistakes.

If you’re a parent of a college-bound teen, don’t make these parenting mistakes:

  • Nagging them about deadlines
  • Forcing them to make choices based on your likes and dislikes
  • Seeking bragging rights
  • Speaking for them during interviews, tours and counseling sessions
  • Allowing them to attend a college they can’t afford
  • Not cutting the apron strings
  • Ignoring cries for help
  • Hovering over their every move
  • Offering unsolicited advice
  • Not allowing them to dream

Staying away from these parenting mistakes will ensure that you are not crossing the helicopter parenting line.



Author: Suzanne Shaffer

Suzanne Shaffer advises parents and students in the college admissions process and the importance of early college preparation at She is excited to share her knowledge with the readers of Smart College Visit.

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