Until 1994, the #1 reason college students sought out counseling was because of a relationship troubles. Ever since?
Anxiety and stress.
Who can blame these students? They’ve grown up in the culture of fear, raised by parents brainwashed into believing their kids could do nothing safely or successfully on their own. From Kumon to Kaplan to mom on speed dial, this generation has been swaddled, coddled, prodded. (Say THAT ten times fast!) Most of all, they’ve been supervised. What happens when that 5-point harness of constant oversight is sprung?
All the joy, and discombobulation, of instant adulthood.
Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog Free-Range Kids, knows where these kids are coming from. Her insights have landed her everywhere from Dr. Phil to The View to The Today Show. As Lenore explains to college students: “Your parents’ job was to give you roots and wings. This is the wings part.”
In her hilarious yet evidence-backed lecture, Lenore goes over the reasons students may be feeling a little lost, and how this can play out. Then she shares techniques — besides texting home! — that will help students succeed socially, emotionally and academically.
Lenore gives a mirror lecture to parents on why it feels so scary to let go — and how to do it anyway, in a way that keeps parents and students close, but not pathetically over-involved. Professors will cheer: No more calls from mom about a student’s B-minus!
These talks help both the generations enter the college years eagerly and successfully. All it requires is a little perspective (and jokes!) — Lenore’s specialty. Attendees leave less worried, more optimistic, and ready for the next chapter.
For more information, please contact Judy Safern at Leading Thinkers: Judy@LeadingThinkers.com.