In podcast episode No. 6, the co-hosts, Dr. Daniel de Roulet and Prof. David C. Pecoraro,  talk about “Knowing who your Students are Today: Parents and College Students – Part 1”

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Podcast No. 6 ~ Parents and College Students – 1

The Podcast Outline:
This is part of our 3 part series: Knowing Who Your Students Are Today
#1  Student Finances
#2  Student Academic Preparedness
#3  Parents and College Students – 1
Parents and College Students – 2

At our academic institutions, we are at mid-terms.
Students are more stressed than they were prior to this point.
They are wondering how they are going to juggle all of their workload.
They see Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching as the decorations go up in the stores and this represents the end of the term.
They are beginning to register for the next term.
We are looking forward to the Thanksgiving break, getting up early and staying up late – grading.

PARENTAL FEARS
• My kid will major in the wrong thing and never make money.
• My kid won’t be able get a job.
• My student is wasting the talents which I have observed them to process.
• My child will not be safe in college.
• My child will never settle on an major, they keep changing it.
• My child will not act responsibly and keep up with his or her class work.
• I worry that the cost of the education will not pay off.
• Will child will act socially irresponsibly and get into trouble.
• My child will radically change. / I will not know him / her anymore.
• I will never see them again. / They will move away.
• Empty nest syndrome. / What do I do now? / What is my job now / Is my job done?
• My child has significant health / sociological needs – who will take care of them in college?
• Who will make sure that my student is getting good grades?
• I did not send my child to the right school. / My child did not select right school.
• I did not save / invest enough money for their education.
• My child will mess up and not finish their degree.
• My child will not good enough grades to advance into graduate studies.
• These are care and control issues.
• How do these fears manifest themselves into the university environment?
• They are a distraction to learning.
• They delay our students transition into adulthood.
• They result in students, that we see, who are not able to solve problems
• For themselves – both in the classroom and in their day-to-day college lives
• We live in a culture of fear.
• The fears of 30 years ago vs. 2012
• Where we live, one of the safest places in the US, there is still a great deal of fear.

QUOTE:  (Jay Leno)
TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As infants &children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren’t overweight because,
WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!
We 20 would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computer! s, no Internet or chat rooms……..
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.
While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?!

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
‘With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?’

In our next episode we’ll talk about, “Knowing Who Today’s Students Are: Parents and College Students”- part 2 ,” and continue to take us with you as we explore student caring.

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