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September 1st, 2019
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Great Advice for Parents with children entering
High School or College
by Ken Abrahams
Stay involved, but not too involved.
Believe it or not, back to school has already started. In several parts of the country, elementary and high schools are open, along with some colleges. This means big changes for a number of families. Personally, this year marks the last year that my wife and I will have a child in school (at least it appears that way). Our older son will be graduating in May with his MBA. Over the years, from my own experience and from listening to one of our speakers, Michael Miller, I have picked up a few things. Here are some tips that may help if you have a child just starting high school or college.
- You both need some time to figure this out. These are big changes, at both of these levels, there is less hand holding from faculty, more freedom than at their previous academic level and the workload and expectations are greater.
- They need time to find their comfort level and that doesn’t get easier with parental nagging. You may feel as if you are being supportive but they may see it as being intrusive.
- Ask how they would like to interact with you.
- Set expectations but make them reasonable. Hourly or even daily texts may not work for them but you may need something more than a monthly check in.
- Have this conversation sooner rather than later, it is better done preemptively than in a reactionary way.
- Discuss holiday schedules early. What do you expect from them and what did you have planned. For example, for Thanksgiving you may think that your student will relish the thought of 3 or 4 fun, family filled days, while they are planning every waking hour outside of Thanksgiving dinner catching up with friends. Having this conversation as they are walking out the door is a bad idea.
- If your child is going away to school, unannounced drop ins are ill advised. Let them know that you trust, respect and support them. This goes a long way to making a smooth transition.
- If you want to find out about Family Weekends, look at the website. More often than not, asking your child results in “I dunno what is happening.”
- If you are attending Family Weekend and you live out of town, make hotel and dinner reservations early.
- If you are dropping your child off at school, the car ride is a great chance to discuss this with them.
- You will probably pack way too much stuff for their rooms, don’t be afraid to take a few things home with you.
- Enjoy this time, it is awesome and goes by way to fast.
Do you have kids heading off to College? Check out Michael's latest #3things on Better Connecticut
Michael Miller is sharing 3 things to talk about with your children before they head off for college! Visit Speak Educators to learn more.
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Newsletter written and edited by Debra Holland - September 2019