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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.

Tips on Transporting Your Freshman to College

Some great suggestions for that emotional trip.  Focus on making the physical move go smoothly – it’s the only part over which you have any control.

Teens and Summer Driving: Too Much Texting

This article is a little off the college parenting topic, but it’s such an important issue that I’m including it.  It doesn’t just say, “Don’t text and drive,” it gives practical suggestions about how parents and teens can talk together about the issue and take action.  Definitely worth reading.

Please, No College Talk On the Family Vacation

Although vacation season may be coming to a close, this is a good reminder that, as important as it is, we all need a break from the college admission process at times.

Twenty Suggestions for Incoming College Freshmen

You absolutely must share this list with your new (or continuing) college student.  They are spot on and will help your student make the most of her college career.

How to Get the Internship of Your Dreams

Do you have a student preparing for an internship?  Here are five great suggestions to share with him/her.

How to Send Your Kid Off to College and Survive

Some good suggestions in this article about how to ease that transition – for you.

Parents Can Track Whether Their College Aged Kids Are Going to Class.  They Shouldn’t.

We have to agree.  Definitely have some serious conversations with your college student, but then it’s time to let him be responsible for his own decisions.

How Parents Can Protect the Mental Health of a College Bound Child

Of course, there is no magic solution, but this article reminds us of some things we can do to help our college students be prepared.  Note especially the suggestion near the end of the article that we need to start early to help them build the life skills that will serve them well.

 

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