|

Expert Iconexpert advice MORE

Postponing College

Toddler and Teenager Expert Advice from Carleton Kendrick, Ed.M., LCSW

Q: Our son is taking a year off before going to college and we're worried he'll never go back to school. Should we insist he attend some classes at the local junior college to show he can do college work before he applies elsewhere, or should we let him have his year off?

A: Support your son's taking a year to work while he decides why and where he should attend college. If his work schedule permits, he might also wish to investigate taking a course or two that interests him at an area community college. Taking courses that interest him, as opposed to having taken required courses in high school, might be a refreshing change. Don't be overly concerned that this pause after high school will keep him from attending college. Far too many kids go straight to college because their families expect it of them. Taking some time to be in "the real world" and to think about the reasons why he wants a college experience is a mature approach to this next part of his life.

More on: Expert Advice

Carleton Kendrick has been in private practice as a family therapist and has worked as a consultant for more than 20 years. He has conducted parenting seminars on topics ranging from how to discipline toddlers to how to stay connected with teenagers. Kendrick has appeared as an expert on national broadcast media such as CBS, Fox Television Network, Cable News Network, CNBC, PBS, and National Public Radio. In addition, he's been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, USA Today, Reader's Digest, BusinessWeek, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and many other publications.


Please note: This "Expert Advice" area of FamilyEducation.com should be used for general information purposes only. Advice given here is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Before using this Expert Advice area, please review our General and Medical Disclaimers.

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Healthy Smile Checklist for Kids
Have better dental check-ups with this free printable checklist that helps keep your child flossing, brushing, and smiling! Brought to you by Philips Sonicare.

Kindergarten Readiness App
It's kindergarten registration time! Use this interactive kindergarten readiness checklist, complete with fun games and activities, to practice the essential skills your child needs for this next big step. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

8 Easter Egg Decorating Ideas
Need some fun ideas for decorating Easter eggs with the kids? Look no further for colorful and cool designs!

7 Ways to Curb Kids' Exposure to Violence
American children are exposed to violence more often than you might think. Learn how to limit your child's exposure to violence and manage the mental health and behavioral effects it can cause.