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.

Teens and Money . . . Your Money!

This is a reminder that anything we can do while our teens are at home to teach them how to handle their money will pay off later.  Teens need, and want, these life lessons.


Pros and Cons of Strategizing for College

We often talk to our high school students about ”strategizing” for their college search.  But as I read this article, I realized that I’ve never truly thought about what that means.  Strategy can be good . . . or not.  Here are some pros and cons to think about.


Digging Deeper When Researching Colleges

There’s lots to do to find the best college for your son or daughter.  Research is important.  But sometimes in spite of our efforts, our research may be superficial.  This article has some good suggestions about how to get beyond the obvious and really find out what you need to know.


Your Kid Is Ready, But What About You? A College Survival Guide for Parents

For many parents, sending your child off to college will be a traumatic experience.  But the experience may be a little less traumatic if you prepare yourself over the summer.  Here’s some helpful advice.


The Money Talk All Parents and Teens Need to Have Before College

More emphasis on the importance of talking to your students about money before they head off to college.  Students want to hear what we have to say.


As Drop-Off Looms, A Professor’s Note for New College Parents

You still have an important job to do. It’s always good to be reminded of that.




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