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Parenting a Child Who Will Go to College in the Next 6 Years? Read On!

Applying to college is emotionally stressful for your child– and also for YOU! Your child has never made a decision this important and scary before, leading to anxiety, melt-downs, and pressure. At the same time, you feel the weight of their decision while also getting closer to your baby leaving! No wonder emotions are running high!

That’s why College Solutions and Active and Connected Family Therapy have teamed up to offer a 1-hour class on parent strategies for the application process and all of the feelings that go with it. Amanda Sovik-Johnston, Ph.D and Margaret Bolton Baudinet offer relatable advice on key components of the right college fit. We also discuss ways to support (preserve??) your relationship with your child through the process. A lot of the stress is developmentally appropriate!!

You can purchase the class here or at the A&C Family Therapy Store for only $4.97. We suggest watching this video once a year starting in 8th grade!

Maragaret Bolton Budinet, M.Ed.,  is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of College Solutions.

She graduated from the University of Virginia with highest distinction with a degree in political and literary thought, finishing her academic tenure with research at Oxford University. Margaret also holds five years of admission experience from the University of Virginia, specializing in legacy admissions. Margaret has served as a writing coach, a counselor, and now as CEO of College Solutions. She is the proud mother of six-year-old quintuplets. As a mother and a college advisor, she strives to see the whole person — motivations, fears, blind spots, and goals.

Amanda Sovik-Johnston, Ph.D., the founder and CEO of A&C Family Therapy.  She has worked with youth and families for over twenty-five years.  Her current clinical focus is on women in leadership and high-achieving athletes.  Other experience includes work in residential settings, school psychology, and medical psychology. She served as adjunct faculty at UVA’s Clinical and School Psychology Department and co-authored the curriculum for the Young Women Leaders Program. She also co-founded Charlottesville Families in Action, a group dedicated to making community engagement a family value.

Amanda lives in Charlottesville, VA and earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees from the University of Virginia. She generally love sports and continue to swim competitively, winning the Masters National Championship in the 200 Butterfly. Her husband, Robert Johnston MD, is a Child Psychiatrist.  They continue to be committed to helping families while also running (and cleaning!) after our three blonde boys. We feel thankful to be doing this together!