Editor's note: Lisa McLaughlin's colleague Ellen Gaddie is mother of a University of Oregon freshman and wrote this week's College Conversation.
Sunday marked the date when students in the class of 2011 must officially commit to the university of their choice, declaring their intent to register in the fall. On the one hand, congratulatory high fives take place on that annual date between parents of college-bound seniors, sending the message "Finally, our kids did it!" On the other hand, it is a bittersweet moment because the reality that your beloved offspring will soon be leading a life separate from your own has officially hit. But isn't that what we've always wanted?
According to authors Barbara K. Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore in "The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up" (Free Press), our college students want us involved in their day-to-day college lives.