Many so-called helicopter parents, who hover over the lives of their children at U.S. colleges, say they have a problem but can't help themselves.
"They'll call up and say, "Now look, I don't want to be a helicopter parent, but I really want you to check this out,'" said Sheila L. Hausrath, Niagara University's vice president for student life. One father of a Niagara University student wanted to meet with an adviser -- in place of his son -- to pick his son's courses, the Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported Sunday.
The University of Buffalo has designated a separate department and staff person to deal just with parents. There is a separate family/parent orientation offered at the same time as student orientation -- where parents can meet "caring professionals who devote their careers to working with students."
Elliot Kaplan of Edison, N.J., returned to his alma mater last weekend at the University of Buffalo to visit his son, Myles, a freshman.
Elliot Kaplan recalls leaving home for UB in 1977.
"I had my car. I turned the key. My parents told me, 'Have a nice trip.' That was it," he said.
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