College Skills

College is a major transition for young people, often the first time they are responsible for their own well-being. They are suddenly managing their own schedules and meeting all the requirements of the first-year student, while dealing with the occasional bout of homesickness. The freshman year is sometimes hard, but the stress can be eased a bit by learning a few independent living skills before leaving home.

movingin the right wayTaking your child to college is a milestone, but also a journey. A journey of emotion, a journey of patience, and a journey into a new phase of life for your child and your family. Here are a few helpful tips to make the journey a little easier for everyone involved.


Let’s start with the practical stuff!

connectings with teensLet’s face it. Life with teens is challenging. They are busy establishing their own identity, which often conflicts with parents’ wishes. During these turbulent years, kids are terribly concerned with their friends' opinions, while trying to separate and become independent. The news isn’t all bad. Children in teen years need their parents more than ever. According to the American Psychological Association (APA) Reference for Developing Adolescents, “The truth is that adolescents, despite occasional or numerous protests, need adults and want them to be part of their lives, recognizing that they can nurture, teach, guide, and protect them on the journey to adulthood.” Here are some well-thought-out strategies that can help you develop and keep good communication with your child.

Teen JobsUsually the mention of the words “job,” or “work,” make people roll their eyes and sigh loudly, but having a job in the summer has some benefits you might not have considered.

529 planIt’s no secret that college can be expensive. Currently, the average cost for one year of an in-state university is around $25,000, while a private college is closer to $50,000 with many Ivy League schools topping $65,000.  When we do education planning for our clients the numbers are even more daunting. Over the past decade, college costs have inflated at an average rate of 5%. If that current trend continues, a child who is 10 years old today is looking at a cost of $37,000 for their freshman year at a hypothetical in-state university. For a private school, the first year will average $74,000.