The college search process can be extremely taxing on a child’s mind. It’s a mental crossroads for them, as a majority of his or her life up to this point will have likely relied on their parents to make major decisions on their behalf, with minimal age-appropriate input from him or her in the process. There is no question that college admissions are major decisions. However, while you may be wholly or partially footing the bill for your child’s college experience, decisions about post-high-school education should be theirs alone. That is not to say that you should take a hands-off approach. Rather, your role should be more as a resource and a sounding board, rather than taking charge of the process. Having been conditioned to make major decisions for your child, this is bound to be difficult. That said, there is a lot for any child to learn as they take on this challenge, which is what many parents can take pride in as they watch their once young child become an adult one step at a time. For more information about the ways in which you can prepare yourself to bring out the best in your child throughout this process, be sure to read on through the resource incorporated alongside this post.
The Parent-Student Relationship In College Searches for more information on the college search process, be sure to check out the Encourage App