Here's how parents can help children transition from high school to college smoothly

Here's how parents can help children transition from high school to college smoothly

Going to college can be a big step. Here's how you can make it easier for your teenager child!

The jump from high school to college can be a big leap for your teenage child and to make sure it's a smooth one, parent/s have to start preparing months in advance. It always helps to keep in mind that it might be a "year of firsts" for your child — first time living alone, managing expenses, setting a schedule, moving away, making their own decisions, balancing academics as well as social life independently and a first at basically being on their own. With the overload of so many responsibilities, it is natural for your freshman daughter or son to make mistakes and shuffle on both feet before they find their own grounding.

College will offer your student countless opportunities in life (Pinterest)

Here are some ways in which you can start planning so as to help gear up your teenager to ensure a breezy transition to college.

1. Enrol them in a summer camp

Instead of letting college be the first time they are away from home, send them to a summer camp so that they get a feel of what owning responsibilities, and creating a new life away from home is like. Allow them to explore their independence and become acquainted with what it is like to make a home away from home.

2. Encourage them to apply for internships

Help them think about their future and ways in which they can become financially independent by encouraging them to do volunteer work or intern in your locality over the summer. An internship would help them polish their professional skill alongside of enhancing their sense of responsibility. 

3. Discuss studying abroad.

Moving out of the city and the state is one thing and moving out of the country is another. Talk to your teen about how he or she feels about studying abroad. Tell them of all the advantages it has and how it allows for the educational experience to be a holistic one since it exposes you to a new way of living and new cultures. 

4. Suggest taking up a summer job

Summer jobs can help your teen make friends out of their high schools and neighborhood, thus preparing them for a new social life that college will eventually expose them to. More than that — having them earn their own pocket money will give them a sense of budgeting- something they will have to exercise when in college.

5. Enrol them in college prep courses

It's not all about preparing them to handle social experiences; as a parent making sure that your child is on par with the academic level of the incoming freshman batch is most important. Have them enroll in college prep courses to let them test the waters before the pressure of real college classes set in. 

6. Get them acquainted with household chores

You might have sheltered your children from household chores all their lives so that they can concentrate entirely on academics, passions, hobbies etc. Now is the time to acquaint them with cooking basic survival meals, doing laundry, cleaning up after themselves and overall creating a healthy living environment. 

7. Make them a bank account

Open a bank account so that they get the hang of using it beforehand (Pinterest)

Instead of scurrying to the bank with them on their first day of college, plan ahead and make them a bank account so that they get the hang of using it beforehand. They might lose their cards or not pay their credit on time - but let them make those mistakes while you are there to fix it for them so they can watch and learn.

8. Suggest joining teen-therapy groups

Going through your teens isn't the easiest time in your life. Living independently while going through such severe emotional and physical changes can be even more challenging. This is the age when most children tend to mould their lives, for better or worse. Support their thinking and ideologies by allowing for discussions in teen-therapy groups that might be taking place in your neighborhood.

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