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.

Seven Real Life Skills Your Teenager Needs Before Going Away to College

Don’t underestimate how important these life skills are for student success.  Students can’t focus on studies if their life is out of control.

6 Months to Send-Off: How to Emotionally Prepare Your Child (and Yourself) for College

The months leading up to college are emotionally charged and often stressful.  This article gives parents some tasks to be able to use those months proactively.

Helicopter Parents Don’t Stay at Home When Kids Go to College: They Keep Hovering

An excellent reminder of how parents can help students succeed in college.  A reminder to some parents that they might need to temper their involvement and to others that educating themselves and stepping up could help.

Breaking Down College Costs for Your Child

This is an excellent way for you to help your student understand the meaning and value of college experiences.  Try the exercise with your student!

Can Residential Colleges and Living Learning Communities Enhance Your College Experience?

These are two different ways of connecting with students with similar interests and creating a cohort of students who live and study together.  Great idea for some students.

It’s Time to Tell Your Kids It Doesn’t Matter Where They Go to College


Having a Smartphone Nearby Takes a Toll on Your Thinking

After reading this article, you might want to discuss phones with your student — and maybe examine your own habits as well.




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