Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Are you a (potential) stalker parent? This post is for you then.

One of my favorite past times at conferences is to sit around and listen to college counselors engage in a cathartic exercise in which they tell stories about parents in the college admission process.

If you didn't know, there is kind of a burgeoning groundswell of unhealthily enmeshed parents with their kids.

That's my gentle euphemism for the crazy parent.

Carl Jung once wrote, "After 35, all problems are spiritual problems."

Perhaps then we should just call what the college process can become for some parents - a form of idolatry.

Idolatry in its essence is when we take a good thing (college) and turn it into the ultimate thing.

I'm fortunate that the parents I work with at Casady are far more humane and level-headed in this process than most parents from independent school cultures.

Bill Fitzsimmon, the dean of admission at Harvard, addressed his growing concern about the deleterious effects the college process can have on the adolescent brain because of "over-parenting" at NACAC in a breakout session.

Fitzsimmon offers some rather depressing anecdotes at first.

But then he offers some rather hopeful advice for how parents can navigate this process without bruising their child or ending up in jail.

Click here to read the article.