Thursday, October 6, 2016

Chinese Tents of Love

They sound like something a couple would rent for a romantic getaway.  They are so not that.

In China these "Tents of Love" are starting to show up on university campuses. And no they are not for students. They are for parents.

Yes the parents. As a way to help students and parents transition to living away for the first time, colleges are allowing parents to stay on campus, in a tent so they can be near by. Is this the ultimate in helicopter parenting?

I remember when I left home for university. This was the first time I was moving away from home. I went to UCSB and my parents drove up in my Dad's truck and I drove my little white Dodge Neon. I remember singing "Wide Open Spaces" by the Dixie Chicks. It just felt right.

We moved all my stuff in and by the later afternoon my parents said "later" and drove home. There was hugs, kisses, advice given but they left. No part of them wanted to stay in a tent in the parking lot and I didn't want them to,

So why is this idea of "tents of love" popping up all over China? One theory is that thanks to laws that limit the number of children families can have at 1 it's harder for parents to let go. And because they are growing up as only children it's harder for students to let go!

As a college student would you have wanted your parents to stay on campus for a few days? As a parent would you sleep in a tent in the gym when your child goes to college?

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