LEE SHULMAN BIERER College students are homeward-bound. For many freshmen, it will be their first visit back since packing up last August. Thanksgiving, the uber-American family togetherness holiday, can be equally tough for parents and their college students. Parents often feel that they’re traveling on a tightrope...

by LEE BIERER It’s a tough tightrope out there, and well-intentioned parents are often hurting more than they’re helping. Parents behaving badly – it happens all the time in the college admissions process. Striving for balance is key. Moms and dads on both ends of the parental spectrum...

College students are homeward-bound. For many freshmen it will be their first visit back since packing up last August. Thanksgiving, the uber-American family togetherness holiday, can be equally tough for parents and their college students. Parents often feel that they’re traveling on a tightrope of unpredictable...

The first “letting go” is usually that tearful pre-school or kindergarten goodbye. Fast-forward 12+ years and now you’re saying goodbye to a college freshman. Karen Levin Coburn, author of “Letting Go” describes the transition to college as a “mixture of anticipation and anxiety, a sense of...

Used to be that parents packed up the station wagon, drove their son or daughter to college, unloaded the boxes, made their bed, kissed them goodbye, shed a few tears and headed home. Today, colleges cater to parents with comprehensive, multi-day orientation programs. Whether this relatively...

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