Finishing Strong: 10 Tips for Parenting a College-Bound Child

Finishing Strong: 10 Tips for Parenting a College-Bound Child

Part of our task as parents is to love and launch our children successfully into adulthood. This includes our offspring who eye college on the horizon. So how do we parent them in preparation?

Our oldest child slid into campus life this summer. We found ourselves prepared for some situations, a bit surprised by others. Thankfully, many parents who journeyed before us seeded sage advice. More importantly, God’s love and Word provided solid ground. Consider these 10 tips, both Bible verses and practical suggestions, for help when parenting a college-bound child.

1. Encourage Them to Remain in Jesus

Life experiences vary. They will in college, too. Once on campus, our students may face a protected, familiar environment, or they may find themselves shining a light for Jesus amid a dark space. Those students who continue to stand firm on or return to the foundation of Jesus Christ will do just that – stand.

Encourage a one-on-One relationship with Jesus; church and youth group attendance as well. Surround those college-bound teens with Christians who feed their faith; service opportunities too. In conversations, turn their eyes to Jesus and the prize of heaven for making daily decisions, including those concerning high school and college.

Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can’t bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. John 15:4 WEB