While being involved in a teen’s college search process can be incredibly helpful for him or her, there’s a lot to be learned in terms of accountability for any student in the moments leading up to college. This isn’t to say that parents should limit their involvement throughout the college search process, but rather toe the fine line of being too overbearing and otherwise unconcerned. Parents and guardians shouldn’t micromanage or be too involved to the point of taking away the student’s responsibilities throughout the process. For example, parents should never be in control of researching, making appointments or anything of the sort throughout the process. Instead, parents can provide some gentle nudges and reminders for upcoming deadlines or check in periodically on how things are coming along. Letting the student own his or her process and allowing them to take the lead is what’s best for them. Once again, establishing this sense of accountability early will go a long way, even outside of a student’s college experience. Interested in learning more about the ways you can help instill this feeling in your child? Check out the resource accompanying this post for more helpful information.
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