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.
This is an increasingly important topic. We want our children to succeed. We want to do all we can to help. And it is so tough to understand that sometimes the best way to help is not to help. Take the long view.
This helps parents consider questions to ask themselves to help determine whether that instinct to help (which is good) crosses into behavior that can hinder their child’s growth. It’s so easy to cross that line with good intentions.
Most of us don’t want to think about this, but it’s important to have a conversation with your student before they head to school.
If your student has problems, are your conversations productive? Here are some suggestions about how to monitor and make sure your truly helping your student take next steps.
A couple of these facts may take you by surprise. Know about social media — and talk to your student.
This article isn’t going to give you a date, but it does give good advice about how to think about the money you give or lend to your student. Make sure your student has the knowledge and skills to take over whenever you reach the end of what you can/should do.
That final decision is so difficult for so many students. Looking inward may be more important that looking outward.
Have you asked your student why they are going to college? Have they thought about it? If you don’t know why you’re doing something, it’s hard to make it matter to you.
It’s the goal we all want for our children, but many of us aren’t sure how to get there. Here’s some excellent advice.
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