It’s the winter of your teen’s junior year, and families who want to enjoy the college search and selection process-as opposed to experiencing it as an affliction-need to start now!
In less than 12 months your teen will have completed the college application process – hard to believe yet true! It can be done faster, but that’s often under pressure-and you and I know that’s not the best way to make decisions.
So where do you, as a family, begin this process?
As a parent you have a good deal of thinking to do about your role in this process…
How do you see your role?
How do you see your teen’s role?
√ What are you teen’s capabilities-currently?
- Is she self reflective and aware of what she wants in a college?
- Is he great at planning?
- Is she good at research and then organizing info?
- Is he dedicated to meeting deadlines?
√ What will s/he grow into in this process which includes self awareness, preparation, planning, research, writing, interviewing, testing, making choices?
These are important questions… and it may take some time to look differently at your teen-to think through what your teen can already manage and also what needs to be learned.
We’ll talk about all this and more in the next post… If you want some ideas before I post, listen into my radio show, College Bound & Determined on www.webtalkradio.net