For some of us this day is getting eerily closer (as in only a few months or years left). For others this day still may be five or six years away, but based on how quickly time has already gone by you know these years will do the same. This day is the day we take our children to college (or other post high school plans) and let them set out on their own. No matter how much you do to prepare, the questions of are they ready or am I ready will never be fully answered ahead of time.
But there are a few things you can do to reduce those questions as much as possible. Here is a list of suggestions for preparing your students for college (or life after high school):
- Talk about spiritual life when you visit colleges
- Talk about life after High School
- Prepare for loss
- Talk about Time and Money
- Create a "Two-Week" plan
- Celebrate a few "lasts" together
- Visit a variety of churches
- Process you empty-nest emotions
Each of these ideas deserves their own blog post, but if you are really looking for some more information, I would highly recommend the book Sticky Faith by Kara Powell and Chap Clark. They flesh out all of these ideas and many of the other blog topics from me over the past few months.
I am praying for you as you continue to pass on your faith to your children!
*Sticky Faith: Everyday ideas to build lasting faith in your kids by Kara Powell and Chap Clark
Student Pastor at Stetson Baptist Church. Child of the Most High, Husband to Natalie, and Dad to Zach and Zoey. Lifelong Student, Outdoor Enthusiast, and Sweet Tea Connoisseur.