Parent College Tip #11: Don’t Make These Parenting Mistakes

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Are you heading into helicopter parenting?

Have you made these parenting mistakes?

If you’re a parent of a college-bound teen, you’ve heard the term “helicopter parenting.” In many circles, it’s gotten a bad rap. Parents today are involved and committed to helping their teens with college decisions. Do some parents cross the line? Absolutely. Although, it is a fine line. As parents, we just want the best for our kids. But in wanting the best, we sometimes make some mistakes.

If you’re a parent of a college-bound teen, don’t make these parenting mistakes:

  • Nagging them about deadlines
  • Forcing them to make choices based on your likes and dislikes
  • Seeking bragging rights
  • Speaking for them during interviews, tours and counseling sessions
  • Allowing them to attend a college they can’t afford
  • Not cutting the apron strings
  • Ignoring cries for help
  • Hovering over their every move
  • Offering unsolicited advice
  • Not allowing them to dream

Staying away from these parenting mistakes will ensure that you are not crossing the helicopter parenting line.