Sunday, July 26, 2009

Trusting Kids in College?

This is the time again that parents are sending their kids away to college. There is an article in Stanford Farm Report about how some students are not resilient enough for dealing with college life.

"Unlike previous generations, young people often speak with their parents several times a day. And while family closeness is usually a positive force , it can come with a downside. Administrators at Stanford and elsewhere describe a level of parental involvement that often limits choices and has altered the cultural norms of college life.

That includes parents who insist on choosing their child’s area of study and then show up to negotiate his or her salary after graduation. Parents who ask to be informed about course deadlines because they’re sure their kid will forget without their reminders. Parents who call the dean’s office at 10 a.m., desperate because they haven’t been able to reach their son or daughter that morning: would someone please run over to the dorm and wake their scholar?"

The whole article is available at http://alumni.stanford.edu/news/magazine/2009/mayjun/farm/news/mentalhealth.html

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