Some of your child’s deepest relationships will be forged during college. How can you help them make the most of the experience? Find out on today’s Home School Heartbeat, with your host Mike Smith and Diane Kummer.
Diane, what kind relational preparation can parents give their teens who are going off to college?
Young adults will need to relate to professors; other students; employers, if they have part-time jobs; also to resident assistants, if they live in the dorms; or possibly to landlords, if they live off campus. Teaching respect for authority, how to make an appeal, how to disagree in a gracious manner with those who have opposing views, and how to honor and respect members of the opposite sex should be teaching and training goals during the high school years.
What about the challenge of balancing their social life with their schoolwork?
Mike, now you’re talking time management—a skill that none of us ever outgrows! Set up a regular time at the beginning of the week to discuss items that appear on your teen’s calendar. Lead them in mapping out a workable schedule while ensuring that time is set aside for academic responsibilities, extra-curricular activities, personal devotions, development of a few quality friendships, and also time to serve others. Your teens will see that peace and harmony result from having their priorities in place. God’s not ungracious—He won’t give them items to complete without also giving them time and strength to complete them.
Good, practical, and helpful tips, Diane. Until next time, I’m Mike Smith.