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5 ways to prepare your child for a successful college career

Posted August 17

Fall semester is just around the corner and thousands of college freshman will be leaving homes to be on their own.

"The National Center for Education Statistics says 3.25 million high school seniors will graduate this year," the Deseret News reported in April. "Millions more are preparing to launch into adulthood from colleges, trade programs and jobs."

While this is an uneasy time for parents, there are a few guidelines they can follow to ensure their child has a successful launch into adulthood:

  • Believe in your child. According to the Huffington Post, "If you believe in your children, your children are more likely to believe in themselves." It is important for parents to accept they have done a "good enough" job raising their children and they can now succeed on their own without constant parental involvement.
  • Draft a financial plan and discuss it with your child. "Develop a tentative budget and be clear about who will pay for what," according to a report from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. "Teach your child about responsible use of credit and debit cards."
  • Recognize a child's conflicting emotions about this huge life transition. According to the Deseret News, many young adults at this time of life are asking questions like, "What do I still need to know?" And "Am I ready to be independent?"
  • Teach your child applicable life skills. "Young people may be academically prepared, but often they try to move into adulthood without life skills they need," Marie Schwartz, founder of Teenlife.com, told the Deseret News. They need real life skills, like how to pay a bill or schedule their own doctor appointment.
  • Decide what your expectations are before dropping your child off. "Agree to tangible things that they can understand," according to the Huffington Post. "If they're seeming to get lost, then you might have to act, after you give them the chance to address the problem."

Email: mmcnulty@deseretnews.com

Twitter: megchristine5

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