Frequently Asked Questions about FERPA

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Chances are, you’ve spoken to your teen’s teachers or school administrator at least once. More likely, you’ve probably communicated with your teen’s school numerous times over the years. You’re used to being in the loop. That’s why so many parents are shocked when they learn that they have no access to your college kid’s academic records. Colleges are subject to a federal law called the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA sets privacy standards for student educational records and information. Now that your child is an adult in the eyes of the law, FERPA protects their privacy from everyone… including you!

FERPA can be a confusing concept for parents. So hopefully this list of frequently asked questions will help you navigate what you can and cannot access. Continue reading

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Teaching Medication Management to Your College-Bound Teen

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For college-bound kids who take medication, medication management is of paramount importance. All too often I’ve seen college students struggle because they inconsistently take their medications or run out of their meds. Instead of hoping that your college-bound child will know how to manage their medication when they land on campus, intentionally start helping them learn how to while still in high school. If your teen builds good habits in high school, they’re much more likely to continue them while off at college. Continue reading


How to Support Your Homesick College Kid

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Your kid goes off to college, and you’re both hoping that it will be some of the best few years of their life so far. But then you get the dreaded call or text saying that they’re terribly homesick. What do you do? Unfortunately, there’s no one size fits all solution to this situation because each child is so different. Here are five things to consider that should be helpful. Continue reading

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The Transition to College for Teens with IEPs

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The transition to college is most effective when starting in high school. If you have a child with an IEP, the transition is a little more complex. There are some additional considerations to take. To help simplify the process, I’ve broken down the college transition process into chunks. In each chunk, I’ve given ideas on what you and your teen can do to best prepare. This is a general list. So, please keep in mind that you will need to add some items tailored to your child’s unique needs. Continue reading

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Therapy and Your College-Bound Teen

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Your teen struggles with their mental health. It may have been on and off during particularly stressful periods of their life, but you know they are prone to anxiety, depression, and burn out. Knowing this, it can be overwhelming thinking that your child is moving out without the needed therapeutic support. It might be tempting to ignore this important facet of the transition to college, but I urge you not to. If you do, you risk your college-bound kid struggling incredibly… possibly to the point of needing to withdraw. Fortunately, you have some options. Continue reading

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How to Help Your Over-Scheduled and Stressed Out Teen

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There’s a lot of pressure on teens to “succeed”, and sometimes there’s equal pressure for parents to raise kids that succeed. However, this pressure is leading teens to burn out and falter. You’ve seen the signs that your teen is over-scheduled and stressed out. So now what? There are five concrete ways you can help your teen. Continue reading