College application season is not only stressful for high school students, but also for the parents of soon-to-be college students.
In today's blog post, 7EDU hopes to bring parents an expert guide to being the world's best college parent.
While the application process is different for every individual family, these are core tips that you can incorporate as a parent while helping your child succeed and get into their dream college.
These recommendations may revolve around preparing for college and the necessary actions you may need to train your children for, but the majority are general guidelines and tips that you can apply in your day-to-day support of your kids.
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Encourage Your Student's Interests In Extracurricular Activities
It can be tempting for a lot of parents to want to supervise and decide on the extracurricular activities that their children decide to participate in.
However, it is important that you allow your child to determine where they spend their free time and volunteer efforts. By allowing and supporting out-of-school activities that children choose for themselves, you will begin to notice that their motivation and eagerness to participate increases as well.
Especially during your student's senior year of high school, you should consider spending more time discussing other things and activities besides only college applications.
This is the final year before they head off to college and no longer are living at home with you and your spouse, so it may be a transitional period for the entire family. Never forget to take advantage of the time left over to participate in extracurriculars that interest your child and simply enjoy each other's company!
"If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money." - Abigail Van Buren, American advice columnist and radio show host who began the Dear Abby column
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Be Aware Of Your Child's Speed
Of course, it is valuable that parents promote and support the "above and beyond" aspirations that their kids may have, but it is also alright if they are not the next Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook by the time they begin their college applications.
There will be moments when your daughter or son is on their phones watching some YouTube videos after dinner where you will think to yourself, "Why aren't you actively working on your college applications?"
Let us not forget that every person has a separate tempo that they run on when it comes to the responsibilities and work that they need to complete.
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Here is a great tip in moments such as these where you would like to give your child an extra "boost" or motivation to get started. Are you ready for it?
Whereas acting as a task manager might be beneficial for some parents, one exceptional recommendation 7EDU has to give is that invite your daughter or son out for a walk, to grab some food, to spend some time together.
By utilizing time with your children, you will be able to ask questions in a natural manner and get a better understanding of what your child has completed for the college application season. All without micromanaging their responsibilities.
Have Boundaries and Remember To Listen
One of the most significant advice to give for parents of college-bound students is reminding them to be active listeners.
As much as your child is stressing about their college applications, so are you equally. It is very enticing to want to ask them where they are in their process... but restrain!
When your teenage high school student feels that they would like to communicate and speak about their college application, be supportive and actively pay attention to what they are saying. Be available to first listen to their questions and concerns about college, and save your own curiosity for established check-ins.
Set up boundaries of when you will choose to follow up with your child's progress and only then should you raise any concerns or questions you will have about their college applications. For example, designate Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 to review and check-in with your child.
At the end of the day, this is the responsibility and experience for your child applying to college.
"'We' are not applying to college; your child is applying to college." - Kyra Tyler, Former Senior Admissions Officer from Brandeis University
Reach Out To A Professional College Admissions Counselor
If you feel that you are lost amongst your children's college application season, consider receiving the help of an expert that specializes in the college admissions process.
With every academic year, the admissions process changes and the procedure is not the same as it was 10 or even 2 years ago. Think about how there was a time when college-bound students had to lick envelopes and handwrite their accomplishments manually.
A professional college admissions counselor may be beneficial to students and parents who wish to receive in-depth knowledge and information regarding college applications. Like 7EDU's educators, these are the individuals that will understand how the admissions office assesses student candidates and what are the crucial components that your student will need in order to be a prime prospective applicant.
If you are not comfortable initially starting with a college admissions expert, you can contact your child's high school guidance counselor to start your primary research about college applications.
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