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.

The Grand Adventure: Selecting a College and How Grandparents Can Help

This is a great article to share with any grandparents in your family. It’s wonderful to allow grandparents to be part of the process — beyond help with finances.

5 Qualities You Should Encourage in Your Teen

These qualities won’t develop quickly, and not every student will have all five, but do everything you can to help your student begin to think about these things.  There’s more to success than academics.

Your Teen Probably Isn’t Sleeping or Exercising Enough; Here’s What You Can Do to Help

Important information about teenagers’ lack of sleep and exercise coupled with the amount of screentime they spend. Statistics are surprising.

More Parents Are Putting Limits on College Help

Each family needs to decide what is right for them, and careful planning is essential.

More Colleges Than Ever Have Test-Optional Admissions Policies — and That’s a Good Thing

You’ve always known your student is so much more than a test score.  Now more colleges recognize that, too.

Saying Goodbye to the Kids at College with a Huge Smile and Dry Eyes

An essay that serves as a nice reminder that it’s OK to drop the kids off at college and not be devasted.

Help vs. Helicoptering: Parents and the College Admissions Process

Your student needs you to be part of this process, but know your role and its limits.

Is a Gap Year Good for Your Child’s Mental Health and GPA?

There more than one path that can lead to college.  Help your student explore all of the options to find the one that’s best.

Dear Therapist: I’m Worried the College Admissions Process is Rigged Against My Son

This is an essential reminder for us, as parents, that our reactions to situations will set the tone for our students’ reactions.  Keeping things in perspective is often difficult, but so important.

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