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Aug 03 2011

NYIT Experts: Perimeter Parenting is Best

Old Westbury, N.Y.  (August 2, 2011)  ─ Parents should encourage their children from the sidelines and avoid hovering over them and solving their problems as they enter college, NYIT’s career and counseling experts advise.
For many parents, moving from a “helicopter” style of hovering over children to “perimeter parenting” is a challenging transition.  Counselors at NYIT’s parent orientation sessions stress that parents have an important role to play but should not attempt to control their children’s academic and social lives. 
“We’re pushing them and supporting them at the same time,” said Alice Heron-Burke, senior director of Counseling and Wellness, who reminds parents to strike a balance between nurturing their children and encouraging their independence.  Burke was quoted earlier this week in a Newsday article on the subject.
At NYIT’s parent orientation sessions, Dean of Career Services John Hyde advises parents about NYIT’s resources but notes that students need to take their own steps to ask for assistance with internships, career counseling, and community service opportunities.
Additional weekly orientations are scheduled for students at Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses.
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