For Parents Only: Transitioning to College: Now What?

Yes, we’ve all been there. Our children become teens, navigate the pitfalls of high school, and are on the verge of adulthood. That can only mean one thing: College. How do we deal with this kind of transition? Not only do we have to consider new financial burdens, but also the emotional implications of having a child we have loved, nurtured and cared for every moment of every day, leave our home to live in a strange place full of strangers. We worry about negative influences, people with ill-intentions, our children maintaining academic focus, and will they remember to call us this week? And, what about those PLUS loans? Can we defer them while our children are in school? How can we best support our adult-child’s needs while also maintaining the rules of our household? The issues are endless, but not without resolution, not without hope. This page will offer articles, links and other resources for parents who are at any stage of the college process.

It’ funny how we worry so much about our kids and spend little or no time considering ourselves in the college equation. It’s important for parents to remember that they have to identify and communicate their needs with their college-aged children. However, that is sometimes easier said than done. We hope to help.

More to come!