How Do You Start the College Conversation With Your Teen?

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Last fall, I joined forces with Eric J. Furda to co-author a book, The College Conversation: A Practical Companion for Parents to Guide Their Children Along the Path to Higher Education, which was published by Viking.  In it, we walk parents (as well as mentors and other adults) through five, extended conversations that they might consider having with their children or other young people in their lives beginning in the lead-up to the college process, and continuing throughout each step along the way. We even include conversation starters on the transition to college through the end of the first year.

Experts offer advice to parents on how to start the college conversation. (Twenty20 @PostCharlie)

We call the first set of conversations “Discovery” – and we see them as an opportunity for adults to encourage young people to look inward (no easy task, we know) as they…

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