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.
Your student may or may not want to be a theatre major. But this blog post is a good reminder that there are important, transferable skills to be learned no matter what your student studies. If your student wants to study something that they love, but you worry about its usefulness, talk to them about what they are learning.
A very important topic to discuss with your student. How to set limits at home is only the tip of the iceberg. How will your student set their own limits once at college?
Important message for parents. A quote from the article says it all. Let’s tell our kids: ”that their lives are rich with possibility, and some of the bigger questions they’ll face will involve balancing their need for security with a respect for whatever it is that puts a smile on their face.”
Some great practical suggestions here for both younger and older kids. But perhaps the most important lessons are about learning to fail — and admit failure — ourselves.
It’s not all up to mom and dad, and it takes active work. Talk to your students about how they can help avoid at least some debt.
This is definitely a conversation worth having with your student. A few simple tips may not be the complete answer, but they may help. And the conversation alone opens the door for you student to talk to you if they are struggling.
The jury is still out on whether the rising incidence of depression and anxiety among teens and young adults is linked to the amount of time they spend on social media, but the evidence is mounting. It’s definitely worth a conversation with your student. This article also has a few suggestions for ways to reduce anxiety and depression. What does your student think?
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