My son is currently on the Ratline....he is having a difficult time with it...does not seem to be the academics or the physical aspect but appears to me to be the 'mental' challenge. We are almost on the other side of the country so homesickness too plays a part. I have not, and would not, be a Helicopter Parent (neither would the hubby) and so far have listened, asked questions both to take his mind off and to make him think hard, provided support...it is difficult however I am on the other side of the fence, instead of trying to 'rescue' him-- if he were here, I would smack him upside the head. I understand that there are folks not cut out for this type of thing and I accept that, I do think in his case if he can tough it out he will do just fine--right now just tunnel vision. Any advice from anyone that has been there and done that?