Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 32: What Life Skills Should My High School Child Be Mastering Now To Be Successful In College?

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 

This episode topic comes from a Green Popsicle Stick Group Facebook member. Once again, when I sat down to organize and script this out, I had no idea that I had so many thoughts on the subject. Too funny.

Katie asked, “What skills are you glad you taught your daughter before she went off to college? And, is there anything you wished you’d spent more time on with her?”

These are fantastic questions from Katie, whose daughter is already ahead of the game, as you will hear in this episode. 

Take a listen, or read the transcript, below.

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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • Christine’s thoughts on useful life skills needed for college
    • Laundry: remember the bedding!
    • Consider limited food options and how your child will handle this
    • Cleaning and supplies
    • Money management 
    • Future Document Preparations
      • I-9 Form
      • W-4
      • Memorize Social Security Number
      • Safe Storage of Documents
    • Ditch the “Mom Organization Method”
    • School/life balance
    • Encourage hobbies
    • Tools for emotional health
    • Familiarity with Medical Appointments

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Do you have something to add to my life skills for college list? 
  2. If you attended college, did you feel prepared? 

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You are preparing for the empty nest ahead as your child(ren) prepares, heads off to, and experiences college.

Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 28: The First Semester Transition: What to Expect and How Mom Can Help

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 

I am thrilled to bring you this episode!

Not only is if overflowing with content that I wish I had known before my daughter headed off to school, but I also learned a few things.

My guest, Katy Oliveira, Host of the Collegehood Advice podcast, shares her advice and tips on navigating the first semester and how we, as mothers, may help our children.

Take a listen, or read the transcript, below.
 
My Guest: Katy Oliveira, Host of the Collegehood Advice podcast
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • Your role as benefactor
  • How grade notifications are handled in college, and a quick chat about FERPA
  • Campus resources that parents should be aware of for their child
  • What are challenges our child might face in the first semester
  • Katy’s best piece of advice

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. What are you most focused on for your child’s first semester?
  2. If you went to college, what are some defining moments from your first semester? Do you remember any?

Where to find this episode’s guest: Katy Oliveira, Host of the Collegehood Advice Podcast

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You are preparing for the empty nest ahead as your child(ren) prepares, heads off to, and experiences college.

College Moms Conversation on The Scholarship Shark Podcast

Recently, I was a guest on the Scholarship Shark podcast!

The lovely Pam Andrews hosts this podcast and invited a couple of amazing ladies and me to share our thoughts and experiences as college moms. I had a tremendous amount of fun chatting with Pam, Monica, and Debbie!

Take a listen to The Scholarship Shark, episode #92 wherever you listen to podcasts or click here to listen now, via her website.

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Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 19: Let’s Talk about Extracurriculars

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 
I am unbelievably excited to have Carolyn Allison Caplan AKA Admissions Mom as a guest on my episode, today. Honestly, I could have spoken with Carolyn for hours, but, alas, I had to return to work from my lunch break.  But, no worries, we already discussed having her back on the podcast. Yay! 
 
In this episode, we chat about those extracurricular activities that are so necessary for a college application. Carolyn’s viewpoint is one that I adore, and her heart for the students she assists is evident and infectious. Seriously, take a look at the karma this amazing lady has on Reddit! Good stuff!
 
Whether you have a kiddo heading off to college in the next few years or not, there are tremendous nuggets of wisdom in this conversation with Carolyn. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed chatting with her (look at that screenshot)! As always, thanks for listening!
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • How important extracurricular activities are in the college admission process.
  • Is there a magic number of extracurricular activities?
  • Is there such a thing as too many extracurricular activities? 
  • Should I, as a mother, be concerned about my child’s lack of participation in school activities?
  • The importance of leadership in your own life.
  • Carolyn’s Star Shaped Philosophy
  • Great Community extracurricular activity suggestions.
  • How awesome Houston’s weather is most of the year
  • And more!

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Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Did AdmissonsMom give you a new perspective on extracurriculars? 
  2. How do you feel about extracurriculars? 

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You are preparing for the empty nest ahead as your child(ren) prepares, heads off to, and experiences college.

Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 15: Being Brave When Your Child Picks a Non-local School, or Going Far Away to College; How to be The Emotional Adult in The Room

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 
Anne (my guest) and I touched on this in my last episode – how to be the emotional adult in the room.  College is a significant change – and when they go far enough away that they can’t stop by for dinner – it is a REALLY SIGNIFICANT change. 
 
You can handle it. I know you can. Take some deep breaths, do some thought work and you’ve got this. 
 
Take a listen, or read the transcript, below.
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • How to be the emotional adult in the room. Sneak Peek: Check Your Thoughts
  • Benefits of your child moving away/going far away to college
  • The thoughts I used to adjust to the transition

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Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Are you having to deal with this situation?
  2. Have you dealt with this situation and do you have advice for others who are about to go through it?

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You are preparing for the empty nest ahead as your child(ren) prepares, heads off to, and experiences college.