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  •  Parents' Days at colleges/universities (3+ / 0-)
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    annetteboardman, side pocket, bastrop

    tend to be too much like a codependent day at the petting zoo run by the development office in contravention of FERPA

    At 18 years of age, students can vote, get killed in war, maybe(sic) even drink legally and buy airplane glue or whippets, but are definitely adults. Let them explore, if you've done your job as parents.

    Parents should respectfully visit their investments learning to be adults from afar on Skype. And sending them abroad - if they haven't done their due diligence, parents should work even harder at understanding what internationalization means.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 12:08:51 PM PDT

    •  My children didn't attend college near our home (6+ / 0-)

      and they loved it when Dad came to visit. Phone and Skype conversations aren't the same as being together in person.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 12:34:50 PM PDT

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    •  My parents visited me on fall break (6+ / 0-)

      my first year, and it was a planned "mini-break" which I enjoyed very much. I was absolutely engaged in college and not homesick one tiny bit, and the visit was not an expression of "co-dependence."

      My mom visited me during sophomore and senior winter breaks, and other than injuring her arm while ice-skating on the pond, those were also lovely, memorable visits that I welcomed. They were not an expression of "co-dependence."

      I will be visiting my 20-year-old very independent daughter at college with my partner and son at the college's "Family Weekend" in a few weeks. I asked my daughter's permission before planning the trip. She was delighted that we could visit (her father has not seen the college), and we will respect that she has things she needs to do and we'll schedule time with her. This visit is not an expression of "co-dependence."

      •  Also, too, not a petting zoo. (4+ / 0-)

        While there are probably activities especially planned to make the families feel welcome on campus on this upcoming visit, I do not believe it includes touching any animals or students without their permission.

        Certainly nothing of the kind took place all those years ago when it was my family visiting me!

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