Friday, October 24, 2008

We interupt our currently scheduled program to bring you...

a little BIG post about helicopter parenting!

You may not be familiar with the term because education does things like that. For example, "Education Alphabet soup": AIP, IEP, ESE, 504, AYP, SAT, ACT. But here is a top ten list sent BY A COLLEGE to my school regarding advising parents about their child's college applications.

Top Ten things that parents should remember about the college search process.

10. Remember that this process is not about you. No matter how similar your children may be to you, they need to make their own decisions and observations.

9. Support and encouragement are more appropriate than pressure and unsolicited advice. Allow your children to seek you out!

8. Do no use the works "we" or "our" when referring to your children's application process.

7. Help them prepare but let them perform.

6. Encourage your children to make their own college appointments, phone calls, and e-mails.

5. Allow your children to ask the questions.

4. Prepare your children for disappointment.

3. Never, never, NEVER complete any portion of the college application.

2. Do not let stereotypes or outdated information steer your children away from schools in which they would otherwise have an interest.

1. Never, ever during a college visit buy a sweatshirt of t-shirt from the bookstore in your size-it's a dead giveaway.

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