College admission officers shudder at the thought of the over-involved, helicopter parent. William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid at Harvard, joked that his office has identified the top five parents from hell.
On the other end of the spectrum, teachers, coaches, and now, employers, are embracing the involved parent, and figuring out how they can work more effectively with them. Google, Deutsche Bank, LinkedIn and many others now host a bring your parent to work day. Northwestern Mutual lets parents come along to interviews and hear details of job offers.
Are you, as a counselor, embracing or dissuading the new levels of parent involvement?