It seems like yesterday you were dropping her off for the first day of kindergarten. Now the years have flown past and she’s a senior in high school, applying for college. As families embark on this exciting and somewhat daunting journey, Rick Clark, director of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech, offers tips on how parents can help -- without becoming the infamous “helicopter” parent.
Declare “No College” Zones. Find a day or time each week when discussing college is off the table. Maybe it’s a promise that dinners will always be “college free.” Too many families end up being strained and stressed because there are no boundaries. To the teen it feels like “where are you going to college” or “did you complete that application” are your only concerns. Help them to breathe and have expectations for times when they won’t have to feel pressured or on the spot.