Are You A Parent Of A College Aged Kid?

October 8, 2017

Last year about this time I was in the thick of the college application craziness with my son. It seemed that there was little else on the minds of High School Seniors and their parents at his school. Despite the advice from the college counselors, the looming question “How’s the application process going?” weaved it’s snarky little head into just about every conversation. I have to admit while I tried, I too found myself obsessed with the whole college craze.  I was consumed with the mystery of it all.  Where will he be one year from now? How will this next phase in his educational life shape him.  Who will he become? Will he get into the school he wants to get into?  Do I ask him about his essay or let him figure it out on his own?  Do I push him to get his applications in early or step completely out of the process all together? How can I help support him in this whole process? And I was both scared and excited for him to figure it all out.  For the next nine months I watched him, his friends and mine navigate this sometimes harrowing journey.  For some it was easeful but for many it was filled with stress, confusion and anxiety.  In the end everyone found their way into a school of course.  Some kids were thrilled with their choice and others not so much.

While my son also got into a “great” school something was just not clicking for him.  After the dust settled from the ongoing senior celebrations, he soon realized that he wasn’t quite ready to jump back into academia and wanted and needed a break. He did not have clarity, was not feeling excited and was concerned about balancing his lack of motivation with his new found freedom at college. He decided that he would like to defer his enrollment and take a gap year before heading to college.

While going right to college after High School is certainly a popular and traditional path, it may not be the right decision for all our kids.  Knowing what the next right steps are for each our children is not easy.  We are all trying to get it right but the ONE thing I teach my clients is that there is no one size fits all solution when parenting. The greatest gift we can give our kids as they transition out on their own is our ability to listen closely to them, learn about them and lead them to their own answers.

Knowing how to listen to the deepest part of ourselves, and tune into our intuition is a learned skill.

Learning to listen from presence is your greatest gift to your children during life’s big transitions.

I’d love for you to join me and other parents on a journey to learn how to drop into presence with ease, get out of your own fears so you can truly hear what your kid needs and teach them how to navigate decisions with confidence and reduce the stress and anxiety that interferes with their success.

In just 4 short weeks you will learn how to:

  • Cultivate a quick mindfulness practice to bring you to presence in 30 seconds or less
  • Listen so your child feels seen and heard
  • Shift from conflict to connection
  • Help your student learn to avoid the drama that gets in the way of their success
  • Help your child find success in their stress
  • Learn to listen between the lines
  • Know when to step in and when to let go
  • Enrich, deepen and build trust in your relationship  


Join me and together let's give our kids the greatest gift we have - our attention. 

Annmarie Chereso
Founder, BringIt! Home

Here is one thing I know for sure. Practice does not make us perfect.But it certainly helps to smooth out the rough edges. The most important lesson I have learned in my crazy mixed up life is that practice is all there is and I am devoted to it. And I’d like to share it with you.

Let’s face it, life can feel out of control and crazy much of the time. My life is no exception. As a single working mother of three children, I have come to realize that my personal peace and emotional well being are the key for being a good parent, a good friend, a good partner and coach and for leading my happiest, most fulfilling and emotionally satisfying life.  My 22-year practice of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness has taught me how to be present, conscious and aware of how to cultivate this personal well being.

I have been fortunate to study with many of the great wellness leaders of our time. In addition to being a certified Martha Beck life coach, I received my training and certification to teach mindfulness through Mindful Schools and the Mindful Education Institute.  I have had the honor and privilege to study under inspiring leaders in the field of Contemplative Practices such as Jack Kornfield, Susan Kaiser Greenland, Linda Lantieri, Daniel Rechstaffen and many other pioneers in the field of mindfulness and education.  

I have been trained by prestigious mindfulness industry leaders including John Kabat Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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