Talking about Your Changing Role as a Parent

Your teen’s transition to college will impact your life and your role as a parent. Join me to share your questions and concerns about this time of change and transition, and find out how to make the most of this new phase of your life.


  • Describe you role as a parent of a high school senior
  • Reflect on your growth and transformation as a parent (from new parent to parent of a high school student)
  • Imagine and discuss your future/new roles in life – vis-a-vis your first year college student, your partner, and children remaining at home
  • Identify and discuss questions and concerns about the change and transformation your new role(s) will create

Questions to realize the objectives

  • Who are you now as a parent to your high school senior?
  • How has your role as a parent changed during the college search and selection process?
  • Who do you want to be during this transition to becoming a parent of a college student? And in the future, how do you envision your relationship with your teen?
  • How will you get there?
  • What challenges do you anticipate?
  • Who will support you? What resources exist?


  • Interactive discussion
  • Handouts

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