Send your kids to college for one semester. Following that, let your kids make their way.
I remember wondering which university to attend. The problem was, at that moment, life began coming at me faster than I thought possible. College was just another piece of debris flying through the air, aimed at my face. I simply had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. How, then, could I have been trusted to know which degree to pursue? As I contemplated running away to live with a nomadic band of uneducated vagabonds, my parents stepped in.
If your kid is on their way to college, I bet they still do not know what they want to be when they grow up. That means your kid doesn’t know which degree they should seek or which school to attend.
Today’s youth are questioning the value of traditional education. Is a university education worthwhile? I believe it is.
As an incoming freshman, tuition costs, book fees, and the myriad other expenses scared me. I was so focused on the cost of going to school that I spent no time considering the benefits. Mom and Dad’s intervention began with an explanation of the opportunities.
My parents told me college was the best place to discover new ideas, face both diversity and adversity, and develop as a person. Looking back, I can now confirm these truths. I can also say, as a bonus, sometimes the education is also meaningful.
Okay so college is a good idea, but you cannot ignore the costs.
If your kids want to attend university, offer to pay for one semester.
I don’t know when parents learned it was their job to sponsor their adult children through college. Whatever the history, the tradition is outdated and harmful. Today’s youth are more entitled and less self-sufficient than ever before. Help them get started and then help them learn to take care of themselves. Think of it as potty training 2.0.