I thought the days of Helicopter Parenting were over. Apparently they follow their kids right through college and beyond. Please people, DON’T be this parent. You are straight up hurting them.
At first I thought it would be helpful to join a parent group, on social media, for my kids college. Comes in handy when you can’t figure out when breaks are because your damn college kid won’t text you back! Which is normal. I remember going for weeks between phone calls home to my parents. Now we can text our kids everyday. But do we really want too? Or need too?
Since my kids have been in college over the past 5 plus years, we now can talk to other parents through the parent groups on Facebook and other social media. Oh what fun. We can figure out who lives close to us and make new friends, meet with other parents when visiting our kids at school. Oh the possibilities!
NOPE. Do not do this. Don’t even join those social groups. Ok do it if you like to read the insanity of other parents who are worse than any other helicopter parent I have ever seen. It will totally explain how this next generation is going to fail big time. Folks, the end is near. No seriously, it is.
Just the other day I saw parents complaining about how they couldn’t get in touch with their kids advisors to ask questions. WTH? Your CHILD should be the one asking their advisor questions and figuring out college life without YOU!
There was a post asking about the nearest hospital and if any parent was close and would they take their child for a little check up on a boo-boo. I can’t y’all. My youngest has already made 2 trips to the ER on his own. My advice to him was find someone that was sober and get them to drive you. Let me know how it goes. And that was that. I get it if it was super serious. But really?
If you don’t let your kids do things on their own, (and fail sometimes) they will never be good at adulting. Stop trying to rescue your kids. Have them learn to talk to the advisors, counselors, doctors etc. so they can maneuver life on their own. How they heck did you do it?
I’m still trying to figure out how I lived through college. We didn’t have social media or even EMAIL! We had to use a phone and actually go to our advisors office and sign up for a conference. My senior year we finally got a answering machine for our corded phone attached to the wall for crying out loud. We had computers the size of your TV and had to back up everything on a floppy disc. I think your kids have it pretty easy these days.
Are you going to go with them on job interviews? Let me know how that works out Mr. and Mrs. Helicopter Parent. Chill out and let the kids live their own life. They will thank you for it, I promise.
Peace Love and Margaritas!