I met with a student last week who's trying to decide which college he should attend. He's a smart kid who's worked hard in high school and was torn between two good options. His parents sat there quietly, listening, not even interjecting while we chatted. So towards the end of the meeting, I asked them where they thought he should go. And his reserved mother who hadn't yet said a word just said,
"This is his decision, and we support him. He can go wherever he wants as long as it makes him happy. That's all we care about."
You should have seen how happy that kid looked knowing that he'd already made his parents proud no matter what college he was about to choose.
I think she should teach classes on parenting during the college process.
P.S.: He chose UC Davis, by the way. Go Aggies.