Over-parenting and Anxiety: How to Empower Students


The information from this article was distributed in the handout of the ‘Over-parenting and Anxiety: How can we empower students and educate parents’ talk at IACAC 2016 (International Association for College Admission Counseling). The featured contributors of this article are Aleka Bilan (Jakarta Intercultural School), Heather Duffy-Stone (American School of Bombay), Mar Curless (Shanghai American School), Cheryl Borden (Babson College), and Anne Corriveau (Boston University).


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Over-parenting is becoming a worldwide problem in regards to university/college students being unable to use common life skills once living on their own. This can often be attributed to over-parenting, or so-called 'helicopter parenting', when the parents have become overly involved in the students’ life, making them unable to attain life skills such as asking for help or solving simple communication problems.