Do you have a teen graduating this year? The transition from high school to college can be a difficult and intimidating process for teenagers. Use these tips to help prepare your teen for the challenges ahead.
Have the Talk… Again
On college campuses, teens may be pressured to drink alcohol and do drugs to a greater extent than they were in high school. Even if you've already had the talk with your teens about staying away from alcohol and drugs, now is the time to reinforce your expectations. Try sharing your own personal stories about times you resisted peer pressure to relate to your teen on another level.
Research the College
Preparation is key. Once your teen has decided which college to attend, research what resources are available for your teen. Is there someone to talk to about peer pressure? Are there any fun activities on campus that don't involve alcohol? What steps do the college officials take to prevent underage drinking on campus? These are all important – and valid – questions to ask during campus visits. Once you've collected the information, be sure to sit down and share it with your teen.
After classes have started and your teen is settled in, stay involved! Take advantage of visiting days for parents to check on your teen and meet any new friends or roommates. Frequently ask about your teen's grades. Drinking in college tends to lead to a decline in grades, so keep your eyes open for this warning sign.
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