Talk about transfer or time off

Talk about transfer or time off

When that thermometer thing pops up out of the Thanksgiving turkey, maybe it should come with another kind of signal for the families of first and second year college students:  Get ready for the “I think I want to transfer/take time off” text or phone call! My middle son spent Thanksgiving break with relatives in

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Home for the holidays

Home for the holidays

With your college freshman’s winter break approaching, it’s likely you have a dreamy image in your head about how wonderful it will be to have them home again for an extended period of time. Although they may have been back for a few days over Thanksgiving, this time they will be home for three to six weeks, the length

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A peaceful, non-partisan Thanksgiving

A peaceful, non-partisan Thanksgiving

Holiday dinner conversations can get heated, especially if (when!) someone brings up politics. Are you concerned that there may be more than the usual turbulence alongside the turkey this Thanksgiving? We are, so we asked our staff, contributing writers and friends to share advice for keeping the peace. Everyone agreed that it’s a good idea

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Parties, sex and substances

Parties, sex and substances

Got your attention, didn’t I?! My goal is not to cause panic, but to share information I hope will help you have honest, empowering conversations with your students. Because the fact is, college kids will encounter substance use, partying and sexual activity. By continuing the kinds of “talks” we had while they were growing up

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Transition reality check

Transition reality check

In spite of the heart-tug that we feel as we drop our freshmen off at college, we send them with optimism and a hope that they will adjust and thrive. We also worry, but assume that as time passes we will worry less, and most of us do. However, for some parents, it becomes increasingly

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FERPA and HIPAA

FERPA and HIPAA

Many parents view their sons’ and daughters’ college years as a gradual transition from dependent childhood to independent young adulthood. However, there are a few areas where college students are considered adult under the law and parents’ rights to information are restricted. It helps to understand two federal laws: HIPAA and FERPA. Health Records The

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  • Great article. It reminded me to ask my high school senior about which of her preferred colleges have reached out about a regional event. We attended an event like this with our older daughter who was attending school far from home and it was very valuable.