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Freshman move-in day seems to be harder on the parents than the students at Stony Brook University. Going off to college is an exciting time for the entire family, especially for the upcoming freshman. But with technology, parent scan be in touch all the time. What's too much and what's just enough?

Erika Katz, a parenting expert, told us that students should set the communication ground rules. Moms and Dads don't want to be what she calls a helicopter parent, constantly hovering. She says it is OK to follow your kids on social media, but don't comment on their pictures or post because that could embarrass them. She says your kids may even block you.

And when it comes to calling and texting, parents should respect their child's space. Katz says texting your kids every single day or every few hours can be disruptive. Your kids could be in class.

Try to avoid over communicating. College is a time for students to make their own decisions and transition from children to adults.

Katz says you have to let your kids make their own choices and mistakes.


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