Parents

Laptop Lock Up in the Dorm?

Question: My daughter has been assigned to Stuart Hall 6th floor (Penn State Main Campus). Do the desks have the capability of storing and locking a lap top? This is a question for the office of Residence Life at Penn State. Write to AskResLife@psu.edu or make a call to one of the numbers listed here: ...

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Problems Parenting College-Bound Children

We’ve talked about helicopter parents before and the effect that over-parenting has on high schoolers entering and enduring the college admissions process. But what about enabling? Are you familiar with that term? If not, let’s take a look at what it means to be an enabling parent when it comes to college admissions. According to Darlene ...

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Dining Hall Dilemma

Parents, if you think your college student is eating all his or her meals in the college dining hall, you’re sadly mistaken. You may recall some of my ravings here about those very special nights when I was in college (yes, that was back well before all the planets in our solar system were formed) ...

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When It’s Time to Go to College

When it gets to be that time of year, all you new about-to-be college freshmen (I’m sorry: “freshpersons”) and your mothers may find yourselves in a dither about “What to take?!” I’ve addressed this vexing issue in years past and this year is no different. I try to avoid quoting myself, but I will today, ...

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Homebounders

How many parents out there have a son or daughter graduating from college next spring? How many of you have a son or daughter who graduated this past spring? I’d like to get your comments regarding your child’s post-graduation prospects. I started a thread on the College Confidential discussion forum that focuses on a new ...

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Time to Trod the Sod

I’ve coined a phrase that I use frequently when advising prospective applicants and their Moms and Dads about the necessity to visit colleges before applying: “You’ve got to trod the sod!” Spending four years and likely many thousands of dollars on a college education is not something to be taken lightly. Landing on the wrong ...

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Pampered College Students

Okay. Let’s play “Remember When.” Every time I start to recall how things used to be “back in the day,” or my mind wanders to “the way we were,” I think of Tony Soprano. Why the odd connection? Well, if you are (or were) a Sopranos fan, you may recall (even remember) an episode entitled, ...

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Can Over-Caring Parents Cause Depression?

This information is directed to high schoolers, college students, and (perhaps most of all) the parents of teens. Here’s a question for you high schoolers and college students: How involved in your life are your parents? In other words, how much independence do you enjoy within your lifestyle? Are you able to go about your ...

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Overeducated and Underemployed

Parents of college-bound high school seniors out there, have you ever wondered, “What if Adam [or Emily] graduates with a four-year degree, lots of loan debt, and can’t find a job worthy of his [or her] education?” That nagging question is becoming more and more pertinent in today’s economy, where companies and even the military ...

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Understanding Your Children

Moms and Dads, if you have more than one child, have you noticed any differences between (or among) them in personality and temperament? I’ll bet you have. I certainly noticed the differences between our daughter and son when they were growing up. Our daughter was five years older than our son (in fact, she still ...

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