Throughout the week we are highlighting one essential life skill daily, with pointers for parents of teens and college students. You can truly empower teens to be real about their lives and build the muscles for the college experience, and competent independence.
Ability to make healthy choices/decisions:
- Weighing the pros and cons and fully understanding the consequences
Whenever possible don’t protect your teens from experiencing consequences. Encourage teens to think about the issues, generate their own pros and cons and “process” with them later (Utilize the cell phone in this vein)
Essential because teens will be required to make countless decisions in their new college world.
Maureen P. Tillman, L.C.S.W., is the founder and director of College with Confidence, a comprehensive psychotherapy service, with offices in Maplewood and Morristown, that supports parents and young adults through the college experience.