The balance between researching colleges for your student and having her take responsibility for the process can be confusing.
The problems with expecting your student to figure out the road to college are:
It takes a parent to move the train along the academic rails toward graduation, understanding strengths and interests, choosing a college, and launching to independence. I grew up in a time where parents thought the schools were launching students because there was an office in the school labeled “Guidance Counselor.” Surprise! No one in that office was launching me, so I stumbled along for many years.
- Keep them moving along toward college academically. Refer to my blog for articles on this topic. Guiding Writing and Math.
- Pay attention to testing opportunities. Read my many blogs on testing (keep scrolling; there are 4 articles!).
- Be intentional about discussing strengths and interests. Refer to my blogs on Hobby, Career, or Ministry and the one on recognizing Strengths.
- Keep them moving along the rails toward self-management skills. Refer to my blogs on Executive Function: Coaching them, When closer accountability is necessary, Self-management, and Time Management skills.
- Consider PSEO. Read my blogs on Sorting through the options and Paving the Path.
- Visit colleges. Read my blogs on The College Search, and Visiting Colleges.
- Provide the support she needs to continue moving forward in her decisions, applications, financial questions, and confidence! Stay focused on this process and show her that you believe she can do this.