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College Orientation ... for Helicopter Parents

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The AP reports that colleges around the country are holding two- and three-day orientations for families of incoming freshmen -- giving workshops, tours and speeches on subjects like letting go and campus safety.

parents at school orientation

Some colleges even suggest that parents pick up a book or two on their freshman's required reading list to help them relate.

Northern Michigan University plays phone calls for parents similar to ones they might one day receive: a girl telling her parents she'll be spending Thanksgiving with her new boyfriend; a boy confessing he's not doing well in school; a girl saying she's homesick and lonely.

At Northeastern University in Boston, "at least 85 percent if not 90 percent of students have parents that also attend our programs," says spokeswoman Katherine Cadwell.

Indiana State University at Terre Haute spokesman John Beacon says, "We recognize there are lots of helicopter parents. Rather than try to limit their involvement, we embrace it."

Do you think college orientation for parents is a good idea ... or is it going too far?


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Queen Mother July 7, 2010, 5:01 PM

Not so fair. I thought I am suppose to show up for these darn activities. I would love to avoid Orientation Parents and just hang out in Boston for four days at the theatre!!!!

RustyShackleford July 19, 2010, 3:27 PM

Parents need to let go.

I’ve heard stories about helicopter parents calling their kids’ professors, demanding that they get a better grade. Even employers have started to deal with the problem of parents of their younger employers trying to intervene. I think this has gotten out of hand.

You can’t protect your kids from the world forever. And if you try, you’ll just end up with an adult totally unprepared to deal with real life.

RustyShackleford July 19, 2010, 3:28 PM

Parents need to let go.

I’ve heard stories about helicopter parents calling their kids’ professors, demanding that they get a better grade. Even employers have started to deal with the problem of parents of their younger employers trying to intervene. I think this has gotten out of hand.

You can’t protect your kids from the world forever. And if you try, you’ll just end up with an adult totally unprepared to deal with real life. Sadly, “helicopter parents” may be gradually becoming the legal standard: http://lawblog.legalmatch.com/2010/07/19/are-helicopter-parents-becoming-the-child-custody-standard/

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