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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 it that way. Parents are thei ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Atria Books
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Aug 23, 2010 Sue Seligman rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents of college age kids
I started this book over the weekend...and boy does it hit home. The ties between parents and their children are so much tighter these days, even tighter than 5 years ago when our oldest went to college. Now communication is literally at our fingertips with e mail, IM, texting, video chat (although I don't know how to do that...lol). This book shows how difficult it is to break the ties between the generations as this year's freshmen go off to college. Not only do parents have difficulty letting ...more
interesting discussion of observations and some survey research done at Middlebury College and U. Michigan re the +/- associated with tech-enhanced frequent communication between parents and college students. They address some special situations (medical issues, learning disorders, divorced parents) but main focus is on the effect of near-universal cell phone access, Facebook, BFF-parenting and such on keeping parents and college students in more frequent communication than was characteristic of ...more
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!