Top 10 Things Kids Need to Know Before Going to College

It’s that time of summer when we’re thinking about back to school lists. If you’re the parent of a college freshman — like I am — you may wonder if your child is ready to leave home for the first time. Here’s a story I wrote about what you need to teach your kids before they go to college.

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“He tried college a couple times. It just didn’t take,” a dad of one of my son’s friends told me last night at the grocery store.

Next, I got a call from a close friend, whose happy-go-lucky daughter checked herself into a campus hospital, because she felt so overwhelmed and out of control.

Another friend told me their son quit after one semester after too much partying and not enough studying. Yet another mom left on a rescue mission to help a child in need.

What the heck is going on with our kids and college? My own son struggled to find his way his freshman year.  

All of these parents, myself included, believed college was the best and only choice for their kids.imgres-1

Maybe college isn’t for everyone? Maybe we did too much for them? Maybe we didn’t let them fail often or enough?

I’ll talk more about why…

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