The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up
"Just let go!" That’s what parents have been told to do when their kids go to college. But in our speed-dial culture, with BlackBerries and even Skype, parents and kids are now more than ever in constant contact. Today’s iConnected parents say they are closer to their kids than their parents were to them—and this generation of families prefers...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Atria Books
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Expanding on studies conducted at Middlebury College and later at University of Michigan, the authors take a look at communication between parents and children at college in the age of i-connecting. They found a huge increase in calls, texts, emails and skyping coming from both directions in recent years-- so much so, that the differentiation that has been the hallmark of the college years and the doorstep to adulthood is not happening for a large number of students. According to the authors, th...more
Excellent look at how technology (cell phones, texting, email, Skype, social networking) has changed the way parents and their children interact when the children go off to college. The changes are not always positive and can limit the children's ability to cope and gain independence from Mom and Dad. The book also contained very useful suggestions on how parents can prepare their kids for college and then structure/manage their contact with them so that the student can have a meaningful educati...more
This book is an interesting study of how communication habits have changed between college students and their parents in the last five years or so. Cell phones and email mean that parents and students can stay connected as never before, but the authors suggest that maintaining bonds at high school levels of frequency is not healthy for either party. Employers report dealing with new college grads who simply haven't matured properly. An interesting read if this stage is in your near future!