In the day and age we live in, it is very easy to keep in constant contact with someone. Neil Howe, coined the term “millennial” to describe the young adults born from the year 1982 to 2004. The term references the lifestyles of these young adults. Growing up sheltered, pressured to achieve and technology savvy, these young adults tend to stay in constant contact with there parents via cell phone.
A new issue had risen though, how do colleges and universities instill independence in there students when there parents prefer to “helicopter” their children. A new program at Rhodes College in Memphis is designed to involve the parents while still allowing the students room to grow. The administration at Rhodes has become proactive, teaching parents constructive ways to be a part of their children’s collegiate careers through newsletters, social networking Web sites and parent orientations.
One of the newest additions to the program that has proven to be beneficial is, the monthly online forum for parents to directly ask administrators questions about campus wellness and careers and internship opportunities. It is common for schools to send out calenders outlining the semester activities such as breaks, exams and events. Research has shown that by educating parents on the activities and opportunities the school has to offer, a higher percentage of students are participating.
If you are a parent of a new student, current student, or future student, its never to early or to late to get involved. At the same time, don’t forget that it is important for your student to have the necessary space to become independent and grow.