1. Attention parents of High School Seniors!

    High-school graduation can be an exciting but stressful milestone for your child and entire
    family. Below are eight important tips to help your child make a seamless transition from high-school graduate to a first-year college student.

1. Financial Planning:
 Complete financial aid paperwork, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and any additional forms required by colleges.
 Explore scholarship opportunities and deadlines.
 Discuss budgeting strategies with your child for managing expenses during college.

2. College Visits and Decisions:
 Accompany your child on any final college visits or revisit campuses to help them make a final decision.
 Review acceptance letters, financial aid packages, and any scholarship offers together.
 Help your child make a final decision on which college to attend.

3. Housing and Roommate Selection:
 If applicable, assist your child with selecting on-campus housing or finding off- campus housing options.
 Discuss roommate preferences and encourage your child to reach out to potential roommates. A lot of colleges have social media or other platforms to connect students who are seeking roommates.


4. Academic Preparation:
 Ensure your child completes any remaining high school coursework and exams.
 Assist with registering for any necessary placement exams or orientation programs required by the college. Sometimes they are scheduled earlier than you may think! Encourage your child to check their email regularly for these dates.
 Discuss academic expectations and resources available at the college.

5. Health and Wellness:
 Schedule a physical exam and ensure your child is up to date on vaccinations required by the college.
 Review health insurance options, whether through the college or staying on your family plan. Also discuss and plan any new physician offices or pharmacies that they can access if they are attending a college out of state.

 Discuss mental health resources and support available on campus.

6. Personal and Emotional Support:
 Have open conversations about your child's expectations, fears, and excitement about starting college.
 Encourage independence and decision-making skills while offering your support and guidance.
 Discuss strategies for managing stress and homesickness during the transition.

7. Practical Preparations:
 Create a packing list and assist your child with gathering necessary items for their dorm or apartment.
 Plan transportation to the college, whether by car, plane, or other means.
 Consider attending any parent orientation programs offered by the college to
learn more about support services and resources available.


8. Celebrate and Enjoy the Moment:
 Take time to celebrate this milestone with your child and family.
 Encourage your child to connect with friends and make memories during their final months at home.
 Embrace the excitement and anticipation of the journey ahead.


By completing these tasks together, you can help ensure a smooth transition for your child as they prepare to embark on their college journey. Best of luck!

Shannon’s Corner

5 Essential Spring Break Safety Tips Every Parent Should Know

As spring approaches, parents are gearing up for the inevitable excitement and chaos that
comes with it. While spring break can be a time of fun and relaxation, it’s crucial for parents to
prioritize safety, especially if their children are embarking on trips or adventures. Here are five
essential safety tips to ensure a worry-free spring break for both parents and children.

1. Plan and Communicate: Before your child sets off for spring break, sit down together and
create a detailed plan. Discuss where they’ll be staying, who they’ll be with, and how
they'll be getting around. Ensure they have important contact information, including
yours, emergency contacts, and local authorities. Encourage them to keep you updated
regularly and establish check-in times.

2. Practice Sun Safety: If your child’s spring break involves sunny destinations, emphasize
the importance of sun safety. Remind them to wear sunscreen with a high SPF, reapply
regularly, and seek shade during peak hours. Encourage them to wear protective clothing,
sunglasses, and hats to prevent sunburn and heat exhaustion.

3. Stay Hydrated: Whether lounging on the beach or exploring new cities, staying hydrated
is key to a safe and enjoyable spring break. Encourage your child to drink plenty of water
throughout the day, especially in hot climates. Remind them to carry a reusable water
bottle and avoid excessive alcohol consumption, which can lead to dehydration.

4. Use Safe Transportation: Discuss transportation options with your child and emphasize
the importance of using reputable and safe methods of getting around if you will not be
with your child during their trip. If they're driving, remind them to obey traffic laws,
avoid distractions, and familiarize themselves with a map or GPS before getting in the

5. Trust Your Instincts: Above all, remind your child to trust their instincts and prioritize
their safety at all times. Encourage open communication and assure them that they can
always reach out to you if they need help or advice. Remind them that it's okay to say no
to anything that makes them uncomfortable and to seek assistance if they find themselves
in a risky situation.

Spring break should be a time of fun, relaxation, and new experiences, but it's crucial for parents
to prioritize safety. By following these five essential tips, parents can help ensure their child's
spring break is not only enjoyable but also safe and worry-free. Encourage these practices to
your child to make this spring break a memorable and safe one for your child and entire family.


In this space, you’ll find pressing topics and clinical insight from one of our clinicians, Shannon Tavis, LMSW. She offers feedback on mental health and your child that are relevant towards every day living. 

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Helping Your Child Beat the Winter Slump: Tips for Boosting Motivation and Focus

Dear Parents,

As winter settles in, many students find themselves facing a common challenge: the winter slump. It’s that time of year when the combination of colder weather, shorter days, and the monotony of school routines can diminish motivation and focus. If you’ve noticed your child struggling to stay on track with their schoolwork or lacking enthusiasm for school, you’re not alone. The good news is that there are several strategies you can utilize to help them overcome this seasonal dip and reignite their motivation and focus.

  1. Encourage Physical Activity: It’s no secret that movement has a positive impact on mood and cognitive function. Encourage your child to engage in physical activity regularly, whether it’s playing a sport, going for a walk, or participating in indoor exercises. Even a short burst of movement can help boost energy levels and improve concentration.
  2. Create a Cozy Study Space: The dreary winter weather can make it challenging to feel motivated to study. Help your child create a cozy and inviting study space that they look forward to spending time in. This could involve adding soft lighting, comfortable seating, and personal touches like photos or artwork. 
  3. Offer Support and Encouragement: Be a source of encouragement and support for your child during this challenging time. Let them know that it’s okay to struggle sometimes and that you’re there to help them navigate through it. Offer words of encouragement and praise their efforts, no matter how small. You can even create a countdown for the number of days left until summer break or another event that they are looking forward to. Sometimes, a little positivity can go a long way in boosting motivation and morale.
  4. Explore New Opportunities: Winter can be a great time to explore new hobbies or interests that can help with some of the winter blues. Encourage them to pursue activities outside of school that they find enjoyable and stimulating, whether it’s learning a new instrument, trying out a new sport, or delving into a creative project.
  5. Practice Self-Care: Remind your child of the importance of self-care, especially during the winter months when the days are shorter and the weather can be gloomy. Encourage them to prioritize activities that promote mental and emotional well-being, such as meditation, journaling, listening to music, or spending time with loved ones.

In conclusion, while the cold weather may present challenges for students, it’s important to remember that it’s temporary and manageable with the right strategies put into place. By putting the above tips into practice, you can help your child beat the winter slump and thrive academically and emotionally. Remember that every child is different and what works for one may or may not work for another. It can be helpful to review these tips with your child and let them have some autonomy over which tips they would like to implement into their schedule.

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