College searches, visits and applications can be all-consuming. Parents sometimes struggle with finding a balance between everyday life and helping their teens stay on top of the process. Working the college search into every conversation can amplify stress for your child and make them subconsciously want to put distance between the two of you. Strike the right balance when it comes to check-in discussions and give your student the space in-between to manage the process in his or her own way while enjoying the final years of high school. Taking an active interest in the college search process, while serving in an advisory capacity and allowing your child to take the lead, can give your child more ownership in his or her future. Ultimately, this can lead to your student having more respect for you as the parent. While the parent-child relationship will undoubtedly continue to evolve during the college years, applying these strategies and those found within the resource highlighted alongside this post can go a long way in solidifying the bond.
The Parent-Student Relationship In College Searches for more information on the college search process, be sure to check out the Encourage App