We hope we’ve convinced you that helicopter parenting is not the best way to prepare your child (really young adult!) for life after high school. Still, you might be wondering what that means when it comes to helping them through the immensely complicated and stress-inducing college application process. College is the first phase of adult life, which means this is the perfect time for you to step back and allow your child to make decisions (and even mistakes) that will build their confidence in their ability to manage their own life. Your role is to guide and encourage, not micromanage.
The more you can do senior year to encourage independence and give your son or daughter confidence in their ability to manage their life, the better they will do. It can be hard to push them towards independence, especially when it feels like your last chance to do some serious parenting, but think of it as a great practice year.
If you’re still struggling to figure out where to step in and where to hold back, our college counselors can help you make a plan that will ease the pressure on everyone. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-216-2222 to make an appointment.