Tips for Parents to Maximize a Kid’s College Experience

The four years (let’s hope no longer) that our adult children are college students are designed to be a time of education and exploration. Often we boomer parents also immerse ourselves in the college experience, perhaps because we are paying part of that annual tab, which can top $60,000 at private universities. Not only do we want to make sure our children are attending classes and getting good grades, we miss them and want them to feel loved. If the …

Advice to Help Your Kids Get the Most From College

A recent family party celebrated a first-born child heading off to college. As the evening wound down, relatives gathered around the picnic table and offered advice to the college freshman, ranging from “Study hard but have some fun” to “Call your mom occasionally.” These suggestions were especially interesting in light of the “Is college worth it?” debate that has developed post-recession. Last spring Gallup released the result of a survey of 30,000 college alumni that found six elements common to …

Why Millennials Need Helicopter Parents to Stop Hovering

The great college move-in begins this week. Getting the students there is the easy part. Getting the parents to leave — in both mind and spirit — is the challenge. Indeed, though some colleges have show-parents-the-exit programs, many parents still hover from home. The University of Oregon has a section about “helicopter parenting” on its counseling services page. Telltale signs range from texting or emailing more than once a day to completing assignments or pushing a particular major. The counseling …

Millennials Still Slow to Leave the Nest

As the economy improves and the job market recovers, experts anticipated that boomerang millennials would move out of their old bedrooms and start living on their own. But that prediction has not become a reality: The country’s 18- to 34-year-olds are less likely to be living independently today than they were in the depths of the Great Recession. A new demographic analysis by the Pew Research Center found that while the population of millennials has increased by 3 million since …

Reality Show Offers Peek Into Adult Kids’ Job Hunt

“What’s your biggest weakness?” is a classic job interview question. Imagine answering “procrastination”… on national TV! That’s exactly what one millennial did on Job or No Job, a new show that takes a behind-the-scenes look at young adults trying to snare that first position. The series, from the producers of Undercover Boss, proves entertaining and informative, and a great way for millennials to pick up some job-hunting advice through the mistakes of others. (And parents get to see what really …

Debt: A Deal Breaker in Millennial Romances?

We heard through the grapevine about a boomer couple upset because their son, who graduated from a prestigious college and professional school without loans, was marrying a young lawyer with tens of thousands in educational debt. The parents feared that paying off this financial burden would delay the couple in buying a house and starting a family. Wisely, they chose to say nothing. Their concern is not unwarranted. Millennials who are able to get ahead financially by owning a house …