When to Intervene - Is your son or daughter in distress?

Parenting is not easy. Just like teaching them to ride a bike, we want to hold on so they won't fall, but also know that they will never learn to balance themselves if we don't let go. With the increased autonomy and independence of college and young adulthood, it can be tricky determining what to do, then knowing when and how to do it. Intervening too early fosters prolonged dependence and sends the message that your son or daughter is incapable of solving his/her own problems. Wait too long or do too little and we run the risk of compromised health, wellness and/or academic success. The goal is to provide sufficient support that enables ongoing growth and development.