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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.

Why Focusing Too Narrowly in College Could Backfire

Every parent sending a child off to college wants to do everything possible to assure that the student will be employable after college.  The more practical, focused majors often seem the way to go.  This article takes another approach.


Letting Go: 10 Tips to Make Cutting the Cord Easier

Don’t think of it as letting go, but rather changing the relationship.  No matter how you think of it, these tips may be helpful.


The Freshman 15: A To-Do List for Your First Year of College

A good list to share with your first-year student, and a good reminder to parents.  College is a time to explore – and the experience is what you make of it.


Getting Clear on Your Mission as a Parent

Whether or not you actually craft an entire mission statement, this is a guide of some things to consider and why it is worth thinking about your goals as the parent of a young adult.


Home (Bitter) Sweet Home: A College Student Perspective

A good reminder to both parents and students that when college students return home it’s all about the compromises.


What You Can Teach Your College Freshman Over the Holidays

Finding the balance of conversation with your returning college student is sometimes difficult.  Tread carefully, but here are some suggestions of things you might want to discuss with your student over break.


What Today’s Parenting Shift Means to Educators and Employers

One of the best explanations of how the shift in parenting styles over the past few years has affected today’s college students.  Even though college parents may be past these stages, it is definitely worth a read.



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