#039 — Adulting: Can You Help Your Student Prepare for Life After College?

It’s time to take a look at preparing our student for those first steps out of the door of college. Adulting means ”behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.” Basically, it means being a grown-up.  College is the perfect time to work on those life skills that don’t necessarily come naturally when you graduate. In this episode, Lynn and Vicki talk about some of the ways that parents can help their student function successfully in the post-college world.  From concrete skills like laundry and finances, to abstract questions like ”what gives my life meaning,” parents still have a role in supporting their student’s growth.

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We’ve spent a lot of time talking about high school preparation for college, the transition to college, and college success. We’re going to talk about career preparation in a future episode, but in this episode we talked about all of the other aspects of life after college – “adulting.”

Adulting is a relatively new term, but it basically means “being a grown-up” and all that this stage of life entails. More and more colleges are including some kind of adulting education as part of their curriculum, but parents are perhaps the best source of this information. There’s a lot to keep track of as students learn to take care of and fend for themselves in the years after graduation.

We (again!) mentioned three of our favorite books that will help parents think about this topic.

Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties by Jeffrey Arnett (Read our review here.)

How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott Haims (Read our review here.)

The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey (Read our review here.)

If you’d like to learn more about the importance of failure for your student, check out our podcast Episode #33 – Looking at Failure Differently: A Layered Approach to Building Motivation

If you’re interested in more information about some of the topics we covered, here are some of our articles on related topics.

12 Topics Parents Should Cover to Help College Students Gain Financial Literacy

How — and Why — to Help Your College Student Create a Budget

Understanding Why Your Son Or Daughter Wants to Study Abroad

Study Away — Alternative to Study Abroad

Managing Time, Managing Self: College Freshman Challenge — Part 1

Does Your College Student Know How to Advocate for What They Need?

Boomerang Kids: When Graduation Means a Move Back Home

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