10,000 applications, 2,400 slots, competition is tougher than ever to get into Georgia Tech's freshman class.Â Â It's not just potential students who are feeling anxious as the await an answer. So are their parents.
"We usually get daily phone calls from parents. We get a lot of that 'We have applied for admissions and we were filling out our forms,'" said Ingrid Hayes, Georgia Tech admission director.Â
Hayes and other experts have a name for moms and dads who may be a bit too involved in their childrens lives. They call them helicopter parents.
"The term comes from the concept of hovering and they're always around their kid's life, not really allowing kids to figure out solutions to problems on their own," said Dean of Students John Stein. Â
He often has to deal with the effects.Â Â
"The student begins to believe that he or she actually can't do it on their own," said Stein. Â
Psychologist Mark Crawford says teenagers need to learn coping skills before they leave home.Â Â
"You don't learn resilience. You don't learn independence without tripping up sometimes. Don't let yourself panic when you see your kids falling." said Crawford. Â
He says making mistakes and learning from them early on is often the best way to avoid problems in the future.Â Â
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