The real reason I'm dying to go to college is that I cannot wait to get away from my parents. Don't get me wrong -- I love my mom and dad with every fiber of my being. But man, can they cramp my style.
I often say that I have never actually met a helicopter parent. At least not one who describes themself that way. Everyone KNOWS a helicopter parent -- one who hovers and intrudes and smothers -- but they are always someone ELSE.
I can't say that anymore.
Parents may only want what is best for their children, but too much interference can sour the relationship. Is it better to let students find their own path to success, or should parents constantly encourage them to improve?