Blog — College Anxiety

Ready, Set, College! How to Emotionally (and Practically) Prepare Your Teen

Teen College Readiness © istock djedzura by permissionIs your teen heading to college? If you're wondering whether to give them a free pass for the summer because of how hard they've worked to get to this point, yes congratulations are in order, but please think again! The resilience your student needs to thrive in the transition to college and beyond can best be learned at home, it's not too late. Here are some dos and dont's to guide you through a productive summer for all. While they may grumble through your lessons on laundry and budgeting and setting their own alarms, getting these skills well under way now will mean less stress later... and hey.... clean clothes! Happy summer, graduates!

 

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Heading to College? It's OK to be Homesick

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Close to twenty million students will head off to college this year, about a quarter of those for the very first time. Along with their hopes, dreams, boxes of microwave popcorn, laptop and cozy comforter, they will bring along their fears, and that's normal. Homesickness isn't exactly about missing home, it's about missing what's familiar. Given a little bit of time, college will become familiar and will feel like home. Here are many ideas to help that transition along: first an article I wrote about strategies for managing homesickness, and then a few links on the subject. The bottom line with any transition: trust you'll adjust. You always do. Here's to a great school year for all!

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Countdown to College: How to Prepare Your Student (and Yourself) Emotionally and Practically

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Do you have a student starting college in a few weeks? If you and your student are feeling anxious about this transition it's totally to be expected. How could it be otherwise? Our second child is leaving the nest and while I'm confident that she is ready, much to her chagrin-- I wrote this blogpost about continuing to hound, I mean teach about being responsible-- emotionally and practically. Because, let's face it, roommates and friends may not be charmed by things like: being late, not having your keys, leaving dirty dishes around, etc etc. At our house we even made a Bingo game for practicing new skills (because that's just the kind of people we are....). So, with our daughter's gracious permission, and it must be said, she is a wonderful human being...I'm sharing it here. In addition, here are lots of ideas for emotional and practical preparation for a great start to college. Maybe you'll make a bingo card too-- or at least talk about it. OK, yes, this might just cue the eye rolling, but parents-- we know what we're talking about even though our kids may never admit it. Right? Best wishes to all for a great start to college!

 

 

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Handling College Homesickness

Homesickness MilkosFor families with kids starting college this month, mixed in with the excitement, there is likely a healthy dose of anxiety and homesickness. Wait, homesickness is healthy? Yes, it's a normal process as kids transition from the nest they are leaving to the nest they are creating in their new life. Here are some ideas for helping your student and yourself through these next few weeks of the matched sets of happy texts and tough texts, excited phone calls and free flowing tears, until they have settled in and everyone exhales and marvels as this wondrous stage of life takes shape.

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