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 From a College President for a Healthy Relationship With Your College Student

It’s not new, but this is another good reminder about why we need to step back and allow our college students to succeed, or fail, on their own.

The Technology Mistakes Parents Make With College Kids

Really valuable advice here about how to protect the technology that heads to school with your student.  Students need their technology to work — all of the time.

How Does Your Student Like College?

Great insight in this article.  It may take students a while to settle in and find that they like their school.  Don’t jump too quickly if they aren’t very enthusiastic at first.

Your College Student’s Mental Health — Know When to Get Involved

Some mental health issues present themselves during the college years.  If your student has had problems with anxiety or depression in the past, you may already be alert.  But some parents are taken by surprise. Here is a good article about knowing when and how much involvement makes sense.

Smart Advice for College Parents — From Parents Who’ve Been There

It’s always good to learn from those who’ve walked the walk before you.

20 Tips for New Instructional Coaches

This article is intended for coaches who work to mentor new teachers.  But substitute yourself as the coach and your college student as the mentee and read the list.  Not all 20 fit, but almost all of them do. How are you doing at coaching your college student?

When Your Strong Willed Son Won’t Let You Help

For those of us who have children who need to try for themselves, even if they fall down, here’s affirmation that learning to pick themselves up is sometimes the best way to learn.

When Parents Are Too Connected

Technology today allows us to stay in very close contact with our college students.  But how close should we be?

Proof Nobody Really Understands How Expensive College Is

This infographic shows the results of a survey conducted by Barnes and Noble.  Parents and students agree on some issues, but notice those issues where parents and students have a very different sense of reality.

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