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Transcript for Is Your Child College Ready? :
Kristina: Welcome impactful parent! Today we're going to talk about how to prepare your child for college responsibilities. I have a special guest, Dr. Kristen Austin, to talk to today. Dr. Austin is the co-author of a new book called College Ready 2021. This great book is all about getting your kids prepared to leave the nest and be successful in college! Thank you for being here, Dr. Austin.
My first question is, what is my role as a parent is trying to get my child to transition? Where do we begin in preparing our kids for college? Many parents do a lot for their children. They don't realize that they are actually doing a disservice to their child by doing too much. On the other hand, our kids don't know to ask for certain skills because, well, frankly, you don't know what you don't know. Then they get to college, and the child realizes they lack skill or knowledge of some kind. That leads to the child calling home and asking mom and dad for help. But the goal is for our kids to be successful young adults without the parents holding their hand. Where do we begin in this journey?
Dr. Austin: Such a great question, and it's really a position that every parent finds themselves in.
The first thing you do is, expect that nothing is going to go perfectly. It is sort of like preparing for a camping trip. Even if you've been doing this over and over and over again, you still always forget something. I often encourage families to remember that no matter what, It's okay to forget something or for there to be a gap in a skill set. It won't be a perfect process. The College Ready 2021 book, chapter eight, lines these areas out very clearly. First, talk with your child about some personal safety issues. Finding out if students can have protective devices on their campus like mace. It is very important to find out what's allowed at that campus. Then go over some basic cooking, hygiene, use kitchen appliances, and what kind of things will be allowed in the residence hall. As a heads up, usually, Keurigs are allowed. Talk to your child about some basic skills like car maintenance and how to drive in weather conditions that your child might not be used to.
Kristina: So would you say that chapter eight, the one you co-authored in this book, is more life skill-based skills?
Dr. Austin: One of the best parts of this book is that it covers everything. Chapter eight is everything from life skills to un