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Mar 24, 2011

Preparing for college

I didn't think I would be writing the word "college" in my blog for a long time. We are still years away from even applying to college.
But somehow, Daniel is starting to understand the fact that he is going to grow up, go to bigger and bigger schools, until he leaves for college. He has definitely been asking a lot about the different schools he is going to attend (asking to see the elementary school he will probably go to in 2 years), and wondering about college. The concept of leaving home and having to live far from mom and dad is currently very scary to him. Because he also has no concept of time yet, he is concerned that his turn is coming soon. So this topic is coming up a lot in our discussions.
Honestly, I don't mind that he is so attached to us for now. One of our discussions led Daniel to make this touching comment that "I love you and Papa so much, I don't ever want to leave". I have probably had to explain 4-5 times what it means to leave home for college and why he won't need mom and dad when he is ready for college.

By coincidence, Daniel has fallen in love with the Blue's Clues TV programs and he has been watching them once a day lately. Right when this discussion about college started, we saw an episode where the main character explains that he is going to college and his little brother is taking over the show. This transition led to a lot of questions, both regarding the future of the show and his favorite character, but also regarding Daniel's future path as well.

I guess it's never too early to prepare for college, right?


  1. It seems as if Daniel is definitely ahead of his years. My kids didn’t start thinking about college until about two years ago around 6 or 7 years of age.

    And, when they did think about it and even still they have always said that they were going to leave home, but that they would buy a house in our neighborhood so that they could be close to home.

    Maybe they just need the reassurance that their parents will always be close enough to help. Not even adults usually like the idea of being “All on my own.”

    I can remember the Blues Clues episode of when Steve goes to college and Joe takes over the show. But, something about Joe wasn’t the same for me.
    At least with the show you can help ease his fears and let him know all the comforting things like how he can visit, or whatever. Never too early to open the discussion about what college really means.

  2. Thanks for the comment. Yes, I guess it's never too early to talk about college. It's good to know that I have at least a few more years before Daniel thinks that leaving home will be a good thing. I want to enjoy this time as much as possible. Not looking forward to the time when he wants nothing to do with us!