Your Teen May Be Ready for College, But Are You?

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Your Teen May Be Ready for College, But Are You?
It can be hard to let your baby grow up and go out into the real world.

4. Turn to your friends for suggestions and support. Chances are you are not alone in your thoughts and feelings. Nothing is more comforting than talking with other parents who really get how you’re feeling.

5. Treasure the time you have. Now that he has made the decision about where he intends to go to school, there is a lot of preparing to do. Chances are he will need your help now more than ever. Enjoy the time you have with him planning and preparing for his big move. You will both value the time you have together.

There are a lot of memories to be made between now and the day he ships off to college. You will have plenty of time to get used to the idea that your baby is taking his first steps on his own. And well the good news, research reflects that greater numbers of kids are returning home to live with parents upon graduation from college. Enjoy the time you have left together, and enjoy the time apart because before you know it, he may be home again. By that time you will probably be used to his absence….more on that later.

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Jennifer A. Powell-Lunder, Psy. D. is currently a clinical administrator on an adolescent inpatient unit in a private psychiatric hospital. She is an adjunct Professor of Psychology at Pace University and maintains a private outpatient practice. She is also the creator of www.itsatweenslife.com, a forum for family and friends.

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