So Your Child is Headed to College – Help Them Arrive Prepared


You don’t know what you don’t know.”

Most college bound students, and their parents, know very little about what to expect after they arrive at school. The experiences they will have from dropping off their bags in their new room and meeting their roommate to getting to their first class to encountering their first exam may be surprising and sometimes challenging. It helps to be prepared. You may be bringing your teen to a totally new climate and geography. They will probably have to make all new friends and suddenly live communally with a lot of young people they don’t know.

No one talks with kids about:

  • The change in academic schedule where they transition from 7 or 8 hours in high school to 2 – 3 hours per day of college classes with an average of at least 2.5 hours of work daily to be done on their own.
  • All the newfound freedom and lack of structure can contribute to freshmen attending their first week of being introduced to each class without realizing there will be a lot of work every week to pass their first exams.

For many first year college students, the dramatic number of new experiences coupled with poor self-care can result in heightened emotional stress and increased mental health issues. You will have to figure out your own new path and your role as parent. When do you lean in and when do you step back?

Join us for this live interactive workshop where you can connect with other parents anticipating this new world and get answers from a seasoned clinician who has supported college freshmen across the country for years.

  • For additional support, check out the Quick Video Solutions Library, Teen Age Library- Support, Inspire and Connect Library Explore the Video Solutions and Handouts for all the classes including Talking to Teens: Communication for Connection and Positive Connections for More Cooperation for Teens
  • Recognize with more clarity the nature of this important transition for your child 
  • Apply strategies to support your child to be practically and emotionally prepared for their first semester of college
  • Recognize the nature of your own transition in this process, apply self-compassion and identify balanced approaches to supporting your child during their first year away.