113 episodes

You don’t stop parenting the day you drop your student off to college on Move-in Day. Your role simply changes. (Actually, it’s not simple at all, but it changes.) You’re a parent for life. Join Lynn Abrahams and Vicki Nelson, higher education professionals and former college parents, as they explore the topics that can help you be a more effective and supportive parent to your college bound student. Whether you already have a child in college, college is still a year or more away, or your student is about to step out, start now to gather the information that empowers you to be an effective college success coach to your student.

College Parent Central Podcast Vicki Nelson and Lynn Abrahams

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    • 4.7 • 32 Ratings

You don’t stop parenting the day you drop your student off to college on Move-in Day. Your role simply changes. (Actually, it’s not simple at all, but it changes.) You’re a parent for life. Join Lynn Abrahams and Vicki Nelson, higher education professionals and former college parents, as they explore the topics that can help you be a more effective and supportive parent to your college bound student. Whether you already have a child in college, college is still a year or more away, or your student is about to step out, start now to gather the information that empowers you to be an effective college success coach to your student.

    #113 – Talking About Tutoring: Who, When, and Why It Matters

    #113 – Talking About Tutoring: Who, When, and Why It Matters

    Talking about tutoring is a new topic for our podcast, but we are finding that college parenting begins earlier and earlier, and parents are making many early decisions with future college potential in mind. In this episode, Vicki was pleased to be able to have a conversation with Celine Bewsher, Owner/Manager of Club Z! Tutoring in Cambridge, MA. Celine shared her insights about how tutoring can help students succeed, not just by helping with a specific subject at a specific time, but by hel...

    • 44 min
    #112 – Our Favorite Summer Reads

    #112 – Our Favorite Summer Reads

    This episode is sort-of an encore episode. Each year we do an episode where we share some of our favorite – and helpful – books for college parents. This year, we realized that many of the books that we’ve talked about over the past four years are still ones we recommend. So we’ve pulled together seven of our suggestions from past years and put them together in this episode. These books are truly some of our top recommendations. Happy listening – and then happy reading!Thank you for listening...

    • 37 min
    #111 – What’s Next? No Longer “Almost” a College Student: the Job Starts Now!

    #111 – What’s Next? No Longer “Almost” a College Student: the Job Starts Now!

    Once your student makes their final college decision and puts down that important deposit, they enter a new leg of the college journey. Sure, you know there will be lots of preparation work ahead – summer decisions, shopping, good-byes, packing – but your student may be thinking they’ll really become a college student at Move-in Day in the fall. Your student may still be a high school student, but the college knows there’s work to be done now. In this episode, Sarah and Vicki talk about your ...

    • 52 min
    #110 – A Guide to Your College Student’s Health: A Conversation with Dr. Jill Grimes the “College Doc”

    #110 – A Guide to Your College Student’s Health: A Conversation with Dr. Jill Grimes the “College Doc”

    When our student heads off to college, we worry about a lot of things, and one of the primary concerns is our student’s health and well-being. We first interviewed Dr. Jill Grimes, often dubbed the “College Doc” because of her focus on the health of college aged students, back in Episode #024 in 2020, at the height of the Covid Pandemic. It was time to invite her back to hear what’s changed in the last 4 years and also to hear about what’s new in the 3rd edition of her book The Ultimate Colle...

    • 55 min
    #109 – Encore Episode -The College Decision Dilemma: What Happens Once Those Admission Letters Arrive?

    #109 – Encore Episode -The College Decision Dilemma: What Happens Once Those Admission Letters Arrive?

    Here’s an encore of an earlier podcast episode that we think is so important it deserves to be released again. If your student is making their decision right now, you may need to hear this. The college admission process begins earlier and earlier and sometimes seems to go on forever. When those highly anticipated acceptance letters begin to arrive, the process enters a new phase. The ball is now in your student’s court to make a decision. What is your role as a parent at this stage? In this e...

    • 38 min
    #108 – A Conversation About Education, Parenting, and Race

    #108 – A Conversation About Education, Parenting, and Race

    In this second crossover episode with a Facebook Live even hosted with cohost Elizabeth Hamblet, we were joined by Timothy L. Fields and Shereem Herndon-Brown, authors of The Black Family’s Guide to College Admissions now out in its second edition. Tim and Shereem shared how the book came to be, what’s new in the second edition, and touched on many topics including what makes a strong college essay, college choice and the college search process, and how and why parents can be drivers of the c...

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

my_input ,

Wish I found sooner …

The University of TN Knoxville suggested this podcast in a Jan 2023 parent email and it may be the most valuable source of information we’ve found to gain insight and understanding about our college freshman’s experience.

As parents, we are average / mere mortals which we believe means we’re learning as we’re experiencing. The Jan 18 2023 episode where the hosts commented maybe ‘they should have seen it coming’ [pandemic education impact on now college students] is honest and helpful and we hope they can forgive themselves in same way as we need to as parents, and, take action in the methods that best help our shared student.

Being a ‘lawn mower’ parent to our student goes against all common sense. Rather, an understanding based upon these well-explained observations and concepts will better fuel my parental empathy and support that builds the life-long independence and resilience we all want for our children.

Now we have 70 previous sessions to catch up on…

JHen86 ,

Great guidance for the college transition

Vicki and Lynn are the real deal - informed, engaging, and very adept at guiding a conversation. Love to recommend this resource for parents preparing to send their kids off, or those who already have. The college transition is a really challenging one, and the information in this podcast is a huge help.

rkhanal13 ,

Topics that most don’t discuss

It’s hosts that just GET IT. It feels like sitting down with insiders who have seen it all and they’re comfortable walking you through that journey.

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