If the college acceptance letters have just begun to come in, congratulations! You are now officially a college parent. You are excited for your student, and possibly a bit overwhelmed for yourself. You’re not sure what you should be thinking about, or doing, or how to help your student prepare for the next phase.
Here at College Parent Central we believe that the more information you have, the better you will be able to support your college student as he navigates his new experiences. But the problem with lots of information is that it can feel overwhelming. Here are a few posts that we think might be a good starting point. You’ll want to read more specific information later, but if you’re a new college parent, these posts should help you think about your new role and help you get started on your journey. Congratulations!
Your New Role
Yes, You’re a College Parent, But Who Is This College Student?
Yes, You’re a College Parent, but What Exactly Does That Mean?
Your Role as a College Parent: Sideline Coach — Part 1
Your Role as a College Parent: Part 2 — Coaching Inspiration
Your Role as a College Parent: Sideline Coach — Part 3
Affirming ”Helicopter Parents”: Redefining the Title
Affirming ”Helicopter Parents”: A Look in the Mirror
Affirming ”Helicopter Parents”: How to Hover Constructively
Understanding the College World
Ten Ways Parents of College Students Can Use the College Website
College Lingo for College Parents: Talk the Talk!
College Lingo for College Parents: Talk the Talk! — Part 2
College Lingo for College Parents: Talk the Talk! — Part 3
College Lingo for College Parents: Talk the Talk! — Part 4
College Lingo for College Parents: Talk the Talk! — Part 5
What FERPA Means for You and Your College Student
Making Sense of Your Student’s College Financial Aid Package
My College Student Received His Financial Aid Package, But What is Federal Work Study?
Some First Steps
College Parent Orientation: A Key Beginning
Why Summer Orientation is Important for Your College Freshman
Summer Preparations For Your College Student’s Transition to Freshman Year
Five Conversations You and Your Student Should Have Before the First Year of College
Five More Conversation Starters Before the First Year of College
Eight Life Skills You Should Teach Your College Freshman Before He Heads to College
Ten Parental Habits That Can Negatively Affect Your College Student
How — and Why — to Help Your College Student Create a Budget
Doing Your Homework
The College Catalog: Source of Information for Parents of College Students
Parenting College Students: Recommended Reading List
More Recommended Reading for Parents
Gift Books For College Students: Some Recommendations
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Remember that this new stage of your child’s life is a transition for you as well as for your student. Be prepared — and enjoy the ride! Congratulations!