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The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up

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Launched on the CBS Early Show and featured in the Los Angeles Times, People, and the Chicago Tribune, among other major media, The iConnected Parent is the first book to present groundbreaking information and interviews on how much is too much connection between parents and kids in the college years and beyond.

“Just let go!” That’s what parents have been told to do when t
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Atria Books (first published August 10th 2010)
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Sue Seligman
Aug 23, 2010 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
Amy
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why did I read this? I must have been feeling anxious (2017 comment).
David
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jo
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
Rosanne
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Denise
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jacquie
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very repetitive -- gave up after half the book
Paula Schuck
Aug 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happens to helicopter parents and their children in a communications age when the children leave for college? Interesting study and interviews with surprising results.
Claudia
Surprising - read at the right time for discussion with my daughter heading to college in the fall.
Alyson
Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
Highly recommended for parents of teens! Although the topic is connection with your college kids, read this while they are in high school and think ahead.
Valerie
Some great stuff, some excellent bits of advice, but a bit repetitive. Definitely worth reading for parents sending a kid off to college.
Suzanne
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read regarding the impact that technology (cell phones, in particular) has on the growth of independence.
Kristy Clear
I read this book for work. Good insight and pieces for me to use. I did find it a bit too long and a little repetitive.
serena
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Required parental reading.
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