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Written by: kmurphy
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 

mailbox overflowingThis is an exciting time of the year for seniors. Some have received acceptances under the early action and decision plans, while others have all their applications done and are sitting pretty…waiting until the fat envelopes arrive in April. Generally, students feel satisfied and accomplished – they feel it is out of their hands now and focus on the here and now of school and friends.

Meanwhile, mom and dad have been very focused on prodding their student to get the work done, and may experience a slight let down emotionally at this time of the year, realizing that the end is near and that their child is about to head off to college. In a recent New York Times "The Choice" Blog entry, Martha Merrill, Dean of Admissions at Connecticut College offers some simple yet practical advice for parents as they approach the near future. She discusses ways in which parents can prepare themselves, as well as their children, for potentially disappointing news from colleges as well as tips on best practices during these spring months. Whether this is your first child heading off to college or your last, she offers some sage advice worth reviewing.

There are also some wonderful books available that can give parents tips on what to expect in the coming months. I highly recommend "Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years" by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger which offers practical advice about the process of letting go. Another must read is "The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life" by Laura Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt. It paints a complete picture of the struggles of senior year (application procrastination, senioritis, college choice, and ambivalence about independence) as well as freshmen freedom and separation anxiety.

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