Roommate Avoidance Tactics
Sep12

Roommate Avoidance Tactics

Sometimes you need to practice roommate avoidance tactics, even if you’re lucky enough to have a cool college roommate. What’s an introvert to do?

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Is Your Mom a Helicopter or a Tiger Mom?
May07

Is Your Mom a Helicopter or a Tiger Mom?

Mother's Day – the second Sunday in May! A day to honor the woman who gave you birth, fed and clothed you and made sure your No. 2 pencils were sharpened before you left home to take the SAT. We'd like to pay tribute to all the moms of college-bound teens, college students and graduates. Here are some of our favorite tributes to moms: "Heliparent" by Daniel Yowell On Smart College Visit: From the Heliparent to the Free-Range Parent On Dr. Nancy Berk: Stand-Up Psychology:  MEMO, Dr. Nancy Berk posts a precautionary memo to university administration warning them of a "tiger cub" siting on campus. She also offers great gift ideas in:  MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS FOR HELICOPTER & TIGER MOMS. And, if you're interested in learning how to become a Tiger mom someday, read Amy Chua's "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" available on Amazon. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY FROM SMART COLLEGE...

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Whine At 9 takes on Kids, College Tours & College Admissions

Dr. Nancy Berk, co-founder of Whine At 9, a free, weekly audio podcast featuring where whining is OK! This week, Nancy takes on parenting and the college admissions process.  Episode 10 – ‘Tis The Season: College Search & Seizure Nancy recently co-hosted CampusChat where we all got to whine about kids, college tours and college admissions. One of my favorite tweets by Nancy during the chat was:  @nancyberk: Helicopters never die, they just babysit. For all the <helicopter> parents who may be reading this, there are more great whines in the transcript as well as more info about Nancy in the links below: The 5 W's of #CampusChat with Nancy Berk Takeaway Tweets & Transcript from #CampusChat with Nancy Berk, Whine At...

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Heliparent: For Helicopter Parents Everywhere
Jun03

Heliparent: For Helicopter Parents Everywhere

*** Daniel Yowell is graduate of Liberty University where he studied graphic design. We are happy to share his artful, quirky college comics with you throughout this site. You can view more of his art at:...

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From the Heliparent to the Free-Range Parent
Nov28

From the Heliparent to the Free-Range Parent

What's the midway point between overparenting and free-range parenting? This article from Time Magazine gives us a look at where we've come from to where we are now.  Helicopter Parents: The Backlash Against Overparenting – TIME The insanity crept up on us slowly; we just wanted what was best for our kids. We bought macrobiotic cupcakes and hypoallergenic socks, hired tutors to correct a 5-year-old's "pencil-holding deficiency," hooked up broadband connections in the treehouse but took down the swing set after the second skinned knee. We hovered over every school, playground and practice field — "helicopter parents," teachers christened us, a phenomenon that spread to parents of all ages, races and regions. Stores began marketing stove-knob covers and "Kinderkords" (also known as leashes; they allow "three full feet of freedom for both you and your child") and Baby Kneepads (as if babies don't come prepadded). The mayor of a Connecticut town agreed to chop down three hickory trees on one block after a woman worried that a stray nut might drop into her new swimming pool, where her nut-allergic grandson occasionally swam. A Texas school required parents wanting to help with the second-grade holiday party to have a background check first. Schools auctioned off the right to cut the carpool line and drop a child directly in front of the building — a spot that in other settings is known as handicapped parking. continute at ...

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The Heliparent
Nov17

The Heliparent

Hello, my name is Kelly and I'm a helicopter parent.   While I don't manage every aspect of my children's lives, I know I've been a pushy mom when it comes to encouraging them to take certain steps in school that should help them when the time comes to apply to college. It's really hard not to be that way–partly because of how my parents raised me, partly because we live in a college town where everybody's life is impacted by what goes on at the university, and partly because of the career path I've chosen. Poor kids. I've worked with colleges for 16 years which means they've been hearing about college admissions since they were born. I'd like to think I'm a "recovering" helicopter parent–that I've reached that place where I've realized my kids really don't need to me to hover (not that they ever did). Having just returned from visiting a college with my teen, I had to smile at the way some of the students on the panel responded to the question "What was your biggest adjustment when you came to college?" One student said "having to wake up on my own and I had three 8 o'clock classes!" Another said "cleaning the bathroom — there's no cleaning lady on campus — you're the cleaning lady!" A third said "managing money." While I think I've already covered those topics in my "tell you-everything-you-need-to-know-for-the-rest-of-your-life" approach to parenting, really only time and experience (their's, not mine) will tell. I hope I've reached that point where roar of the helicopter is a sound they hear only in the distance and not...

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