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When is Parents' Job Over?

Q. Watching other parents hover over their college freshmen on move-in day reminded me that raising a kid to college age is a job too. Every day for about 18 years we work from dawn to dusk, investing all our time, thoughts, and energy into making this project a success. And if we've done it right, the reward, or pay, is that we can be confident enough to say goodbye and get the heck out of there. Right?

Ans. You bet. This is the first generation of parents that feels it must become "helicopters" and stay in touch with the college kids every day through cell phones, twitter, Facebook and other electronics. You are absolutely right that it's a job, and an important one. And even though you are no longer supposed to be "managing the project," you can keep an eye on it from afar. Wise parents "end it and send it" off to the college dorm but don't expect to go along. Good for you. You might suggest the same to your friends.

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