Everyone always says that your kids will grow up before you know it, but that doesn’t stop most parents from blissfully ignoring the fact that time really does fly. Unfortunately, adulthood will come knocking much sooner than you anticipate, and before long your toddlers will suddenly be young adults going to college. These 21 blog entries will help prepare you for this transition, teaching you all you need to know about paying for school, reducing homesickness and instilling other life skills in your child so that you can drop him off on campus with the reassurance that you did all you could to prepare him for this big life change.
Paying for college is easily one of the biggest concerns many parents face. Some parents start putting away money shortly after their child is born, others encourage their children to apply for grants and scholarships, and still others leave tuition up to their children. These seven blog articles will help you learn more about saving for college, as well as what other options are out there that can help you and your child handle this big financial investment.
- Should You Pay for Your Child’s College Education? According to this blog post, you should only pay for your child’s college if you have taken care of your own retirement needs.
- Your Kids Can Borrow for College. You Can’t Borrow for Retirement Before tackling your child’s college tuition it’s important to make sure you have emergency reserves in the bank and a retirement plan in place.
- The Ultimate Guide to College Education for Your Kids This post will help you learn what a 529 plan is and what it means in terms of saving for college.
- Sending Kids to College There are several tax breaks that can help you pay for college tuition, many of which are outlined in this article.
- How to Send Your Child to College Without Student Loans Your child can research different ways to obtain scholarships, which can help ease the burden off both your shoulders when it comes to paying tuition.
- How Much Money for College Should You Set Aside for Your Child Before You Go Shopping on Black Friday? Many people will go to extreme lengths for a bargain, but don’t have any money set aside to pay for college for their kids, a phenomenon that is explored further in this post.
- What to Do Before You Apply for Financial Aid Before committing to a school, inquire about their financial aid policies and figure out how the school will help financially and how they won’t.
Homesickness is something that nearly every college student will encounter from time to time, however you can help reduce the chances of homesickness for your child by preparing him early. One way you can do this is by sending him off to camp or to visit relatives during the summer. These small experiences away from home will help prepare your child when it’s time to go to college. For more tips to help you and your child deal with homesickness, read these seven blog posts.
- 5 Things to Know Before Sending Your Kid Off to College Some homesickness is to be expected, but you can help alleviate some of it by being available to talk and listen when homesickness strikes.
- How to Talk to College Students About Homesickness Many students will become homesick when they go away to college, but you can help reduce it by encouraging independence in your teen before he leaves for college.
- Treating the Dorm Room Blues More than half of college freshmen experience homesickness at one point or another, so be prepared to listen when that call comes.
- Your Son or Daughter is Homesick. What Can You Do to Help? Knowing what to do about homesickness before it happens will help you be prepared when it occurs.
- Dealing with Homesickness at Camp or College There are ways to help prevent homesickness that you can practice before your child leaves for college.
- What Do I Do If My College Student is Homesick? Since you can’t be there to physically comfort your teen, suggest that he talk to someone on campus about his homesickness. There are people on campus who are trained to help in these situations.
- Got Homesick College Student? 5 Ways to Bring a Little Home to the Halls Make sure that your teen brings comfort items from home to keep in her dorm room, that way when homesickness does occur she has something familiar with her to help combat it.
Skills to Teach before They Go
It’s not unusual for parents to want to take care of everything for their children, however always handling things for your teen can actually rob them of valuable life skills. Before your kids leave for college, teach them important life skills, such as how to do laundry or cook basic meals. Read through these seven blog posts and figure out what your child already knows and what you may need to teach him before he leaves for school.
- 30 Practical Things Students Need to Know How to Do Before Heading Off to College There are a lot of little things your teen should know how to do before he leaves for school, such as how to make a dentist appointment or do laundry. This post outlines all the different things you should teach your child.
- Send Your Kids to College with Cooking and Gardening Skills While the dining hall may be where your child gets most of his meals, it’s a good idea to teach him how to cook a few basic meals too.
- Teaching Your Child to Budget Many kids make the grave mistake of opening up credit cards once they get to college and accumulate a lot of unnecessary debt. Help avoid this scenario by teaching your kids about making a budget and sticking to it.
- What to Teach Your Kids Before They Leave Home Read this list of things your college kid should know and then see how she stacks up.
- Eight Life Skills You Should Teach Your College Freshman Before He Heads to College While there is an entire laundry list of things your child should know how to do, these eight are some of the essential skills you should focus on teaching him before he heads off to school.
- 5 Life Skills Your Kids Should Know Before They Leave for College This post outlines some of the most important life skills your teen should know as she goes to college.
- Homespun Blog—5 Practical Skills to Teach Your Child Before Graduation Make sure your teen can handle these five skills before dropping him off at college.
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