Parents are “graduating” from 12 years of PTA/PTO/PTSA meetings, alongside their high school seniors, so joining a college’s Parent Association may be the last idea on their list of moving junior/juniorette out of the house. Plus, aren’t kids meant to be finally on their own in college?
For the secret helicopter parent, a college parent association can be a transition from active, day to day parenting, just as junior/juniorette are transitioning to adulthood. College can be an “in-between” maturing period for parent and teen, or a prolonged adolescence, or some combination of both. The support of other parents struggling with these same issues, and joined by a common tie in a college culture, can help both parents and teens make this transition, while supporting the college.