Pro­fessor Bar­bara Okun, who teaches coun­seling psy­chology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and has a pri­vate prac­tice, says a client recently told her about going on a trip with other mothers.

She said these other women were on the phone seven or eight times a day with their col­lege kids,” says Okun. “I had to say it’s dis­turbed and dis­turbing, but it’s very common these days.”

Okun and others believe that par­ents often try to keep the bonds tight as much for their own sake as their child’s. “They think they’re doing it for their kids, but they’re doing it for them­selves,” Okun says. “They need to be needed.”

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