Magazine article Work & Family Life

Help for the 'Launching Years' from High School to College

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Help for the 'Launching Years' from High School to College

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The two-year stretch from senior year of high school to first year in college is one of the most complicated and exasperating, yet overlooked, transitional periods for children and parents.

As the relationship between parents and their teenage children undergoes a seismic shift, it can be difficult for moms and dads to know the best way to stay involved in important decisions in their kids' academic and social lives and, at the same time, to encourage them to become more independent.

Adolescent psychologists Laura S. Kastner, Ph.D., and Jennifer Wyatt, Ph.D., refer to this time period as "the launching years," and they have written an insightful, wise and important new book to help families get through this humbling, discomforting, yet highly rewarding passage. …

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