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Cutting the Apron Strings: How to Shift from Enabling to Empowering

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Conference Session

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The transition from high school to college can be just as challenging for parents as it is for the student. While intentions of parents are to support their young adults in having a successful first year of college there is a fine line between empowering and enabling. Areas that individuals may struggle with are time management, prioritizing, planning, and metacognition. Sometimes when we offer too much help, we are enabling instead of empowering. Fortunately, we can support our students in creating new habits to empower them to become independent learners.


Michigan and New Jersey chapters of the Learning Disabilities Association (LDAMINJ) Conference


Institute for Achievement and Learning

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