If you have high achieving children that at grade 5 are stating, “I don’t have enough extra-curriculars”, call me. We need to find balance and help them prioritize their own passions and direction. The intrinsic pressures that children are placing on themselves can later on do damage; the objective is to help them relax and pace themselves for the next 12 years or so. One of my student’s was a top student, all A’s, great extracurriculars and when she began sophomore year she crashed. She was depressed, and could barely make it to school. Balance is critical to your child’s developmental stages, especially once they reach adolescence.
One of the first tips to prepare for college admissions is to read and study. Early on positive habits are critical. Once in middle and high school the course load intensifies, along with sports, drama, and other clubs and extra-curricular activities.
Engage in the classroom, at home, and in life. Don’t let your children disappear in their room for hours at a time.
Monitor the social media-research is showing that poor mental health and depression can result.
Challenge your children to take healthy risks. Encourage them to spend the night at camp, a friend’s house, a relatives house; this transition will be much easier if they are comfortable being away from you.
Find a mentor your child can relate to. Job shadowing is an excellent way for them to experience a variety of careers and opportunities.
Keep track of honors and awards for the resume that highlights their unique talents and skills.
Do not create and write for them. Let them show you who they are.
There is not one specific answer that will help your child get to the college of their dreams. As you can see from some of the statistics on my site competition is fierce. Encouraging them, listening, and even more listening will foster a positive and healthy relationship with your child. Remember the day you drop them off at college is not so far away.
The King Advantage offers college preparatory coaching for college-bound students in Rensselaer, Albany and Saratoga Counties in New York, Williamstown County in Massachusetts and Bennington County in Vermont.