Saturday, February 2, 2013

25 Blogs Parents of Kids Going Off to College Won’t Want to Miss

Me And My Parents
Me And My Parents (Photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik)
by adminNanny

You’ve finally reached that moment: your child is graduating high school and going off to college. There is a lot that you need to take in and take care of at this point.

It’s nice to think that your child will take care of everything or that someone at the school will tell you what you need to take care of, but you can’t rely solely on others; it’s important to be well informed on your own.

These 25 blog posts will help you with financial aid concerns and alert you to potential hazards your child may face in college, including sex, drugs and alcohol.  You can even find some checklists to help you with this process.

Financial Aid

College is expensive and seems to be getting more expensive every year. To help offset the costs, make sure that your child is working to get scholarships and grants from any and all possible sources. You may also find that you and your child need to start filling out financial aid forms. Read through these five blog entries to learn some tips to getting the most financial aid you can.
Signs of Trouble

Once your child is out on their own, it’s likely that they are going to make some mistakes from time to time. These mistakes are all part of the growing up process, and as much as you may want to lend a helping hand, you’ll need to step back and let them make their mistakes and learn from them.

You do, however, need to make sure that as you let them learn and grow, you’re also watching for signs of real trouble. College students need to know how to handle stress because college is going to be stressful. Watch for signs of suicide, anorexia, bulimia and other potentially harmful behavior in your child. You will need to step in if you see trouble.
Alcohol and Drugs

It’s not uncommon for people to party in college, but there’s a difference between having a couple of beers at a party and consuming so much that you fall victim to alcohol poisoning. When kids fly the nest they sometimes feel a little too free and decide that they should try everything that mom and dad said not to.

Drugs and alcohol are going to be available at college; as a parent you need to make sure that your child knows the potential risks and the reasons why you have not allowed them in your home. Often, teens think parents want to control them and stop them from having a good time; by explaining your reasons, you may help your child steer clear of drugs and alcohol in college.
Sexual Behavior

Dangerous sexual behavior can increase dramatically during college because kids have more freedom, more privacy and may be adding drugs and alcohol into the mix. Parents have an opportunity to discuss risks and consequences with their teen before they leave for college. Here are five blog articles to alert you to some dangerous behaviors college students may face.
College Checklists

Here are some checklists that may help you when you are preparing to send your child to college. Do you feel ready? How about your child? Learn what you can do to help your child transition to college in a positive and informed way. As a parent, you have some things you need to work on too, so make sure you take a look at these five blog entries.
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