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If you’ve found the information here at College Parent Central helpful, don’t stop here.

From Caretaking to Coaching: Successfully Guiding Your Child To and Through the College Years is an interactive workshop designed to help parents know what to expect and find ways to be productively engaged in their child’s college experience. We’ll help you feel comfortable and empowered in your changing role.

Whether your group is a middle or high school parent group, a church group, a college orientation session, or just a gathering of friends or work colleagues, we’d love to share our insights with you.

If you’ve never attended college, this workshop will help you understand a little more about what your child will be experiencing and how you can help. If you attended college “a few” years ago, you’ll learn that some things may have changed.

"All of the content and topics hit home. Thank you. This really helped my/our transition. You nailed it!"
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“Very personal and relatable. Very helpful and great as a new parent letting your child go. Thank you.”
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What can you do during high school to help prepare your student for college success?

How do you stay involved productively with your students once college begins?

Learn more about the college experience and how you can participate in that experience while encouraging your student’s growing independence.

Remember what it was like the first time you sat in the passenger seat and let your child take the steering wheel of the car? You may have been nervous or even terrified! You no longer controlled the car, your student was in charge! But you needed to be there to mentor and support your student through all of those hours of practice driving.

Vicki Nelson and Lynn Abrahams lead a parent workshop

Much like a good coach, parents can participate productively, guiding their student toward independence, if they have the right information.

 We’ll work with you to tailor our workshop to your group’s needs and interests.

Typical topics might include:

  • Using the final months (or years) of high school to prepare your student for college success.
  • Making the transition from high school to college – for both you and your student.
  • Preparing for changes in your college student.
  • Embracing your new role as a college parent.
  • Understanding FERPA, Parental Notification and other parental rights.
  • Communicating with college officials and knowing when you need to step in and when to get out of the way.
  • Understanding college life and college expectations of both you and your student.
  • Maximizing your communication with your college student.
“Thank you for sharing your experience, knowledge and wisdom! Very inspiring!”
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College Parent Feedback
“This was a wonderful session, very helpful! Glad to know my issues are more common than I thought.”
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College Parent Feedback
“Attending this session was extremely helpful, even as a therapist who works with adolescents, it provided a well thought-out approach to things.”
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College Parent Feedback

We help you learn how to change your role from Caretaking to Coaching.

Although we prefer to meet with groups in person whenever possible, we can also arrange to meet remotely. We’re happy to help you explore options.

Contact us now to talk about your needs and how we can help.

Let’s chat!


“Very helpful and heartwarming to hear personal stories about college parent experiences. Very relatable.”
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