Magazine article Parenting for High Potential

Letting Go

Magazine article Parenting for High Potential

Letting Go

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One of the hardest points for parents of collegebound students Io acknowledge is that their child is a young adult who must now lake responsibility for making major decisions about big issues. Parents who continue Io be a huge part of their child's college decisions and life have earned the sobriquet of helicopter parents. They may call a professor or dean about a particular grade, slop by weekly to clean their child's room (really- we did not make this upl), or choose a child's classes and schedule. Other parents have been slowly letting go, sensing that college will be the last stop for their child to make some mistakes, recover, and learn- but with a parental safety net available.

Likewise, some students will have difficulty thinking and acting on their own, especially if they've not been given the opportunity Io develop and refine those skills growing up. Other students who've increasingly made their own decisions- and sometimes had their world come crashing down as a result- may ask for an opinion. More likely, they'll want to think out loud, which is definitely not the same as asking for an opinion. …

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