All about choice. Are meddling moms and dads failing when it comes to their kid’s post-secondary education?

All about choice. Are meddling moms and dads failing when it comes to their kid’s post-secondary education? All about choice. Are meddling moms and dads failing when it comes to their kid’s post-secondary education?

May 28, 20191 min read
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Do you go to the school of your choice, your parent’s almamater or as far away from home as humanly possible? Picking a college or university is a challenge at the best of times and one that impacts most American families in one way or another.


A study completed by Professor of Psychology Holly Schiffrin was cited in an article in The News Minute entitled “How Much Freedom do Students have while Choosing their Undergraduate Course?”


“One study in the Journal of Child and Family Studies found that parents’ excessive involvement in their children’s lives yields unfavourable results. The lead author Holly Schiffrin argues, ‘Parents are sending an unintentional message to their children that they are not competent.’ This is in turn, could result in feelings of depression and dissatisfaction.”


The path to university and college is never easy and is always a journey filled with pressure and unsolicited advice.  All the factors involved, well intended or not can come with consequences and outcomes. It’s an interesting topic and if you are covering, let one of our experts help.


Dr. Holly Schiffrin is an internationally known expert on intensive and helicopter parenting. She is available to speak with media, simply click on Holly’s icon to arrange an interview.




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    Holly Schiffrin Professor of Psychology

    Dr. Schiffrin is an internationally known expert on intensive and helicopter parenting.

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