Going to College

Going to college is one of the biggest steps in our kid’s lives.  At each point along the way, from taking the SATs to filling out the Common App, from getting accepted to moving into the dorm, parents are there to provide encouragement and support.

Here are some of our very favorite Grown and Flown posts on the topics of high school and going to college. We have tackled some of the toughest parenting topics like sexual assault, mental health and stress on these pages. We have also looked at lighter moments like moving our kids to campus, dorm shopping and graduation gifts. We wish you the best of luck and please remember, we are here for you! Mary Dell and Lisa

Freshmen and Sophomores – High School

Ninth and tenth grades are about high school, about learning independence and finding interests. These are not the years to focus on going to college but to focus on high school Here’s how to make the most of these formative years:

Want to Help Your Kid In High School? One Teacher Shows How

An expert teacher shares her hard won advice on how parents can be supportive in helping their kids move towards independence. In a year-by-year guide of high school here is how to walk the line between helping your young teen and doing too much.

Dear Mom of High School Freshman

These are the dos and don’ts of 9th grade with a close look at course selection, friendships and some of the tough talks parents need to have with their kids once they firmly in high school.

Dear Mom of High School Sophomore

Tenth grade is still not the time to talk about going to college but instead a moment to look at time management, sleep, driving, PSAT and focusing on academics. Here is how parents can prepare for the two tough years ahead with advice about stress, managing a tough academic schedule and standardized tests.

Junior Year – High School

Going to college becomes very real to juniors who face one of the hardest school years.  Here we explore how parents can help their teens through this challenging year.

12 Best Ways to Help Your Teen Through Junior Year

Junior year may be the toughest year in high school and here are some ways parents can help.

College Admission and Toxic Questions

Here are things that high school kids just don’t want to talk about.

Lessons Learned and Practical Advice for a College Road Trip

The college road trip is one of the highlights of going to college, with a chance for kids to learn more about the world and parents to learn more about their kid.

Dear Mom of High School Junior

College Admissions: Don’t Go it Alone

College admissions is a long and lonely process, parents might do well to find a friend to share the experience.

Empty nest silver linings

Senior Year – High School

This is it, the final year with our children living at home. It’s easy to let time slip through your fingers with high school seniors who are so busy in the fall with school and college applications and, in the spring, with saying goodbye. Here is how to make this one of life’s most memorable years.

Why Letting Go Hurts: Knowing My Sons A Little Less

The single hardest thing about senior year is knowing that saying goodbye to our high school kids is upon us. If you have ever wondered why it hurts so much (we want them to go to college, after all) the answers are here.

Writing Your College Senior That Perfect Letter

You may never have written your teen a letter, but now it is time to start. Going to college is one of life’s biggest moments and here is one of the ways to tell your son or daughter just how much this means to you. It is awfully hard not to cry when saying goodbye to your college freshman but this letter will say it all.

Last Call List for Senior Year

365 days left until your teen moves out? Less?  Here is what parents need to do during their teen’s senior year in high school, before it is too late.

National Decision Day and Next Steps

May 1 is National Decision Day and here is what that means.

Goodbye to the Family Dog

When going to college, kids leave their families and their beloved dogs behind.

Great Graduation Gift List

Looking for that perfect high school or college graduation gift. We have got you covered.

The Good, The Bad, and The OMG of College Admissions

Freshman Year – College

You get your college freshman ready to go, manage the drop off and drive back to an emptier home. Freshman year in college is full of challenges. Whether you are figuring out what your kid needs for the dorm room, how to plan for family weekend in the fall or are just worried about your college freshman, here is the advice you need.

Professor Offers Best Advice for College Freshmen

Kids Going To College: Getting  Your Heart and Head Ready

Top Twelve Dorm Shopping Mistakes

Home (Bitter) Sweet Home: A College Student Perspective

Tips for the Best Parents’ Weekend

college educated womenDaughter at College: What Keeps Me Up at Night

Go Ahead, Call Your College Freshman

Going to College: What Parents Need to Know

Empty Nest

Our kids may be going to college but many of us are going back to an empty nest. The upside?  Less laundry, smaller grocery bills, and time to become reacquainted with our spouse, our friends, ourselves.  We sat down with Katie Couric and talked about life after the kids move out.

Katie Couric Joins Us in the Empty Nest

We had a chance to go on the Katie Couric Show as Katie got ready to bid her youngest goodbye. Here are her thoughts, and ours, about facing the Empty Nest.

Eight Best Of the Empty Nest

Here are 8 of the best pieces of writing on changes in our lives and homes when our kids are going to college. These writers capture in words so much of what is in our hearts.