This post on Gawker suggests today's college parents are having a harder time than ever letting go when dropping off their freshmen?
http://gawker.com/5619585/parents-wont- ... days-alone
My dad drove me to Madison from the Twin Cities in August, 1988. We got here at about noon. I believe he treated a high school friend of mine and me to lunch at Paisan's. He was back at home by nightfall, about the time I was first setting foot on Mifflin Street.
To me, this story goes right along with recent reports that the young end of Gen Y doesn't really enter adulthood until their mid-20s. They return home after college and have a harder time becoming independent.
Meanwhile, kids who are recruited into the military have spent their summers in boot camp. No moms allowed.