Parents will often have mixed feeling when their child is ready to look for colleges. Although many parents may feel that they want their child to move on, a small part of them may want their child to stay close to home or to choose a college that a family member has attended. Here are four ways parents should not behave during the college selection process.
The parents are invisible – These parents don’t come for parent nights or meet with counselors and avoid emails and phone calls. This may mean that as a parent you will not receive sufficient information.
The parents are over-doers – These parents will constantly visit the college office and want to know if their child is filling out forms and doing the correct research. This will prevent a child from taking an active role in their own education, which means that they may choose to take a back seat and make their parents handle most of the work.
The parents are insecure – These types of parents are more concerned about what college the child is applying to, to ensure that the college maintains their status. Children in these instances may either refuse to go to college or choose one that goes against what their parents expect.
The parents are hostile – These types of parents think that the college application process is unfair and that their child will not be accepted to a good college because they do not know the right people or are not in the right circles. This can make a child feel that they are not qualified to apply for a particular college.