College Parent News & 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 Real Advice Parents Should Give Their College Bound Teens

This is good advice on how to give advice. And we also recommend the book mentioned in the article, Kelly Radi’s book Out to Sea: A Parent’s Guide to the Freshman Voyage for more good advice.

Four Ways to Help Your College Student Grow Up

Solid advice on how to help your student handle their college issues without you having to intervene — and a little advice on why it’s so important.

More Evidence Links Poorer Mental Health to Social Media Use in Teens

Perhaps we all need to cut back?

Soft Skills: 100 Things to Teach Your Teen in 15 Minutes or Less

This is a great list of things that every student should know before heading off to college — our out into the world.  They don’t learn these at school!

Kids Don’t Need to Stay ”On Track” to Succeed

Sometimes being on track just means moving forward — even if it is in unexpected directions. Just keep moving.

The Gap Year: Not On My Sofa!

Taking a year before college makes sense for a lot of students. This article helps everyone explore some of the options.

What Transfer Students Should Know About Articulation Agreements

If your student is starting out at a community college, investigate potential Articulation Agreements from the beginning. It can make the eventual transfer go much more smoothly.

Parents, Stop Worrying About Your Kids’ Anxiety. They Need Some Stress to Learn to Cope with It.

This is essential advice — no matter what age your kids are. Starting earlier is better, but it’s never too late.

Mid-Semester Conversations with Your College Student

The middle of the semester is an excellent time to check in with your student to evaluate how things are going.

Find these articles from around the web interesting and useful?  Sign up for our mailing list (below) and receive a new list in your inbox each month.  The more you know, the more you can help your student.


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