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.

Internet Gaming and College Students

Screentime of all kinds can be a problem. Note how much time your college student spends on video games and determine whether you need to talk to them about it.

How Practicing Kindness Can Enhance Your Teen’s Wellbeing

We could probably all use a little bit of this. Share the idea with your student.

Michelle Obama Gets Real with College Freshmen: Eat Veggies, Don’t Blow Financial Aid on Bad Shoes & Nice Nails’

This contains essential advice for all students to consider.  That first semester can be hard.

Should You Live On or Off Campus?

This is an important decision and can have a major effect on success. But each student is different and will have different needs. Consider this choice carefully.

Want to Help Your Kid in High School? One Teacher Shows How

We all want to help our students make the most of high school and college years. Here are some great suggestions.

Six Essential Campus Resources: Hints for Wise Students

Many students know what campus resources are available, but they don’t take advantage of them. Make sure your student acts wisely.

Should College Students Have Credit Cards?

The answer to this question will be different for different families, but this is definitely a conversation you and your student should have.

Don’t Be Silent — Preventing and Standing Up to Bullying in College

Share this with your college student.

Conquering 13 Common College Freshmen Fears

Talk to your student about these. It helps to know you’re not alone. And then talk about 1 thing that your student can do to combat each of these fears.

Leaving My Pet Behind

Sometimes we forget how important these bonds can be.

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Addressing College Freshman Fears Requires Action

Students who are about to head to college have a lot on their minds. They have so many things to look forward to, but they may be dwelling on the things they worry about.

An article by Kelci Lynn Lucier on about Conquering 13 Common College Freshmen Fears points out some of the insecurities many new college students feel. We recommend the article as it helps students understand and combat some of the questions that may be in their minds.

We’d like to build on this good article and suggest some additional actions that students can take, as well as consider the parent perspective. Knowing how to talk to your student about their concerns will arm you to help.

Sometimes the best approach to addressing any challenge may be simply doing one thing — taking at least a single small step. It can overcome potential paralysis when students don’t know where to begin.

  1. I was admitted by accident.

Many students share this fear — that the college made a mistake when they sent that coveted acceptance letter. Remind your student that there are likely students all around them that feel exactly the same way — and that it is a perfectly normal feeling. Reassure them that this was not a mistake.

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Parenting Students with Learning Differences – Dealing with our Own Anxiety

This is the third article by College Parent Central contributor Dr. Lynn Abrahams.  Lynn specializes in college transition and success for students with learning differences.

Julie Lythcott-Haims, in her book How to Raise an Adult (2015), reports that American parents are depressed at twice the rate of the general population. There is no question about it, parenting can be stressful, challenging, and anxiety provoking.

As parents of students with learning differences, we have watched our kids navigate years of school experience. We have been with them through neuro-psych testing, diagnosis, meeting with teachers and special educators. We have shared both the success stories and the brick walls with them. As their parents, we know more than anyone else where the pitfalls could be. This is probably why our own anxiety can swell to explosion when they take that leap to go to college. In fact, it is possible that we could be even more anxious than they are!

I speak as both a parent and as a learning disability specialist, who has worked with college students for the past 30 years, when I say that we need to find healthy strategies to deal with our own anxiety. We will not be able to be supportive to our students if we don’t take care of ourselves first.

There is a reason airline personnel instruct us to put the oxygen mask on ourselves before helping others — if we run out of oxygen we are of no use to anyone else.

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