The 12 rules that help parents avoid the stress of college planning and reduce the pressure on their child:
Rule #1 - I will encourage, listen to, and help my child through this stressful time.
Rule #2 - I will help facilitate college visits, and I will help keep track of all the application and financial aid deadlines.
Rule #3- I will listen to the opinions of other parents, but I will let my child make up their own opinion about their college choices.
Rule #4 - I know my child's self-worth does not revolve around the college they attend.
Rule #5 - I recognize that my first instinct is to keep my child close to home and protect him from their mistakes.
Rule #6 - I will control this "nesting" instinct and not allow my anxiety over my child moving into young adulthood to limit my child's college search or selection.
Rule #7 - I will only make educated suggestions to my child and not dictate the college search.
Rule #8 - I know this will be a very stressful time for my child and me, but I will try to reduce stress by being proactive.
Rule #9 - I will face the financial reality of helping pay for my child's college education and not allow them to take the burden solely on their shoulders.
Rule #10 - I will speak honestly to my child about how the cost of college will help determine the final college selection.
Rule #11 - I will find a variety of suitable schools for my child and are affordable for me.
Rule #12 - I will use my calculator and my heart when we make the final college selection.
These rules help all families keep grounded and ensure the college planning process is not overwhelming.
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