How do you deal with overbearing parents during the college process?
1. One way is to know from prior experiences with other similar parents who mean well, but flunk the dress rehearsal. I know the usual entry points about where I anticipate them acting up and I PRE-ADVISE them in advance. The old western movie scene where we "head them off at the pass", sort of. This provides a level of joint expectation.
2. A second less subtle approach is to talk with them when the student is NOT PRESENT (out of respect) and I play my PARENT-to-Parent card.
We have to remember that normally they love their kids but the whole college thing can be highly stressful on everyone involved.