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Posts from — August 2012

College Parent News and Views

The more that college parents know and understand about the college experience, the less we worry and the better we will be able to help our students to succeed and thrive throughout their college career.  However, there is an overwhelming amount of information out there on the web.   We’d like to help you find some of the information that might be most interesting and useful to you as a college parent.

In News and Views we share recent college related news and sources we’ve found as we do our research.  We hope that this feature will help to introduce you to new ideas and to help you keep up with some of the current issues that may affect your college student – and you.

We invite you to read some of the articles suggested below – and to let us know what you think of some of the ideas included here.

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August 31, 2012   2 Comments

Academic Coaching for Your College Student Through the First Semester

The first semester of college is a difficult adjustment for many college students.  No matter what you’ve done to help prepare your student, the transition from high school to college proves to be overwhelming for some students.  One of the reasons that many college parents “hover” is because we anticipate that this might be a difficult time and we want to help.  It’s natural to worry.

Learning how to be most helpful as a college parent is what College Parent Central is all about.  We hope that you find many of the articles and suggestions here useful as you navigate your new role as a “coach”.  It’s not always easy, and we hope that we can help you with your own transition.

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August 25, 2012   No Comments

A Picture of College Parenting

For many of us, the expression that “a picture is worth a thousand words” is very true.  An image often sticks with us and helps us to understand an idea more clearly.  Poets understand this as they use metaphors to give impact and emotion to their work.

We’d like to suggest four metaphors, or images, that we think represent some of the important principles of college parenting.  See if they have meaning or strike a chord for you as you think about your relationship with your college student and your role as a parent in the college experience. [Read more →]

August 13, 2012   No Comments