Becoming a College Parent

Don't make the mistake of being an over-protective college parent.

“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” -Ann Landers

Becoming a college parent is uncharted territory for those who have carefully nurtured and raised their young children throughout their early and teen years. The journey of the college parent ventures into the scary place of letting go — not of the child, but the young adult.

Parents want everything to be perfect for their children, naturally, but sometimes the best intentions can lead to over-protective missteps. Our recent Twitter #CampusChat delved into some examples of “over parenting” of college-aged children.

As you consider the leap from parent to college parent, think of ways to help without hurting. Look ahead to the day when your child can take all that you’ve been teaching and apply it to successful independent living.



Further reading:

USA Today: Too Close? These parents moved to college with their kids

Parent College Coach Tip #48: How to Help Without Hurting

Teacup Parenting: College Preparation Tips for Parents

College Search: Where do I start?

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Author: Amy Widner

Amy is Vice President, Operations at Smart College Visit. She found her 20+ years of experience in corporate and higher education communication to be almost adequate preparation for her recent experience navigating the college search and admissions process with her oldest child. She finds joy in helping ease the process for all.

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