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