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A Higher Education: 8 Steps to Prepare Your Teen for College

Your kids got their acceptance letters; congrats! Now it's time to ensure they're ready to be on their own. Use our guide to nurture their growing independence in the months before they leave home.

By Alison Goldman

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After your teen's college acceptances arrive and the big where-to-go decision is made, there comes another important step in the off-to-school process. This is the one where, in the weeks and months before your teen leaves, you provide guidance on the basics of living away from home. Does she know how to do laundry? Or remember to lock the door behind her, for that matter? Whether your kid is super-excited, a little anxious, or even indifferent about being on her own, now is the time to help her be as ready as possible. Use our eight steps to build her self-sufficiency, right when she needs it most.

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