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Parents Move to College with Daughter: Smart or Smothering?

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The Short of It

These parents moved to their daughter's university in Portland, Ore., and got an apartment with her, so she could essentially live at home, away from home. So is this move smart, given all the challenges a young student could potentially face while away at school, or is it smothering, defeating the purpose of the college experience?

The Lowdown

These parents claim they allow their daughter the freedom any adult should have and she comes and goes as she pleases. The daughter says she still goes to her campus often and is making new friends.

"I just happen to live at home, too," the 19-year-old explains.

According to USA Today, parents moving to their kids' college towns is a growing trend. Also, more young adults are living at home than in the last four decades, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. In 2012, 36 percent of young adults ages 18 to 31, or 21.6 million Millennials, lived in their parents' homes. Of these, at least a third, and as many as half, are college students.

So, how is a daughter sharing an apartment with her parents near her campus any different from her living with her parents in their home, commuting to a nearby school?

The Upshot

Critics say parents who follow their kids to college aren't giving them enough independence and may be hampering their development as adults. Valid point.

Pros and cons exist for both situations. College Parents of America notes that living together can help save money. But if a student is at home with a parent, it becomes very important to ensure she is still getting the most out of her time at school and developing all the skills needed to function as an adult in the real world post-school.

What do you think?

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