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OMG: Why are there orientation events for parents? You don't need this shit, it's your child going to university, not you. Just drop them off at school and let them have fun, stop hovering over them and coddling them in your protective embrace, if you don't let them figure it out on their own, they will never learn how to be independent.

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  1. It's simply a matter of the University responding to demand.

    "Parent Orientation" is basically a program wherein University staff answer en mass questions that they previously had to spend multiple daily hours answering over many months.

    The University tried to dissuade helicopter parenting for years, to no avail. So instead they've created a forum to satisfy its needs directly. I see no problem with that.

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  2. Every Asian parent needs to be told this, they don't teach their kids to be independent.

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    1. ^and yet their kids are some of the most successful and independent out there nonetheless. Hmmmm...

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    2. ^hmmm says who?

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    3. @2.a) Independence doesn't come from success or financial gain, it only comes from being able to fully take care of yourself. A vast majority of kids at UW don't know how to even do laundry when they come into first year, because their parents have done it most of their lives. Only slightly more know how to cook and clean on top of it.

      They might be wicked smart, but they only put their efforts into learning a narrow band of things, and it doesn't include taking care of themselves.

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  3. Who cares, it isn't doing anyone any harm. They love their kids big whoop. Get over you fucking self.

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    1. "It isn't doing anyone any harm"

      Over-coddling is actually a growing problem. More and more young adults rely on their parents more than ever to do things for them that they never learned to do for themselves. Kids who don't do laundry, cook food, or clean, never learn these skills, and so when they get into adulthood, they have to rely on other people to do these things for them.

      My roommate in first year was a great example of this. His parents always cooked for him, did his laundry, cleaned his room, etc all throughout his childhood. When we moved in to residence, his parents came by every weekend to do these things for him, because how the hell was he supposed to know how to do any of it?

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  4. the student staff were told that the entire point of parent orientation is to drag them away from their kids for an hour to give them have some breathing room while they unpack, as well as firmly suggest that parents leave after the orientation is over.

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    1. This is true! Did you know there was once a student whose entire family lived with him in residence for 3 weeks? Parent Orientation helps discourage that.

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  5. It's to remind parents, that when they're wiping their kid's ass to always go front to back. Never back to front. Lower chance of infection that way!

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    1. The last step is to shove the shit in your mouth.

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  6. I might get it if the parents never went to college/uni, but if they did, why are they there? They know what it's all about.

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