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The Trophy Kids Grow Up: How the Millennial Generation is Shaking Up the Workplace by Ron Alsop

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3.6. TEDDY BEARS FOR THE EMPTY NEST

Many college officials these days pointedly tell parents at freshman orientation that it's time to start letting go. By going on the offensive, they hope to keep parents off their backs as much as possible and to let students gain more independence and self-confidence.

Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, takes a firm but very reasoned approach in its pleas to parents to help their children become more resilient, self-sufficient adults. In a welcoming message to parents on its Web site, the university calls parents "partners," but urges them to let their children learn problem-solving skills on their own. It suggests that parents ask their children questions as opposed to providing answers, encourage ...

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