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'Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money': the college kid cry

August 7, 2011 |  1:00 pm

For parents of college-bound kids, the summer before summer before freshman year can be one of the toughest times, said one of the authors of the newly released edition of “Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years.”

Though this generation has been tagged as more heavily reliant on its parents, the kids “want to be autonomous," said co-author Christine Schelhas-Miller, who teaches about adolescence and emerging adulthood at Cornell. "They're anticipating the separation.... Kids start pushing their parents away before they go.”

Writer Mary MacVean talks with Schelhas-Miller and co-author Helen E. Johnson, then asks herself: Does this mean I should skip parents' weekend?

Article: Parenting in the college years

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