New College Student Angst: How Parents Make Things Worse

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“Helicopters Parents” were part of the reason I stopped advising college women.  Too many calls home resulted in co-rumination, rather than empowering students to troubleshoot their own lives.  Coupled with a sense of entitlement and poor impulse control with social media, the more responsibility we advisers tried to place on the students, the more they “rebelled” by calling home.  It became increasingly frustrating to help the young women take ownership of their words and actions – and the resulting consequences.  In short,  they were simply “more emotionally fragile,” than the previous generations.

The article gives some good tips to assist students, without usurping their independence and responsibilities.

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