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MINDFUL PARENTING, Part 3: Parenting the College-Bound Teen Part I: “Crossing the Threshold,” by Fara Jones, M.A., LCSW, Psychotherapist

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Many of the families I am working with right now are preparing for one of the most significant milestones in the life of the adolescent?going away to college. There are several stages of logistical, emotional and psychological preparation inherent in this transitional time, which begins with the college application process.

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Air Mask, by Johanna McCarthy, LMSW

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Children come into this earth to teach parents humility. As wonderful as our child may be they will not turn out to be the ?perfect being? we imagined. The infant that we fantasize will be going to Harvard to be a physicist could easily become a happy high school graduate playing in a band. There are many things as parents that we don?t have control over and situations can arise with which we can’t cope. We all want what?s best for our children. We, often, feel that it is our duty to deny ourselves our previous indulgences in order to provide for our children.

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