I’m realizing I may soon be a helicopter parent. The signs are all there: Regular contact with my teenager by texting and phone calls; the desire to help her navigate through life on the best educational path; and the belief that I know what is best for her. Currently, my daughter is a sophomore in high school, but she has begun her college search process and already, I can feel myself hovering! I want to direct her to particular college Web sites; I want to open the packets of information that come in the mail before she does; I want to begin arranging college visits and suggesting what questions she should be asking. Where is the line between assisting and managing? How much will I keep hovering over the next seven years? How similar am I to the parents of your students?
What are today’s parents thinking?