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Launching is the art of intentionally raising children to leave home and be responsible, independent citizens. Parents who raise “launched” students tend to “guide” and “collaborate” vs. “manage” and “dictate.” At e.Merging, we are committed to guiding parents and students to find passion and purpose and to use the college search process as an opportunity to develop an identity and character. We want our clients not only to “get into” college but thrive in college and life.

Kids who launch with grace have both a practiced mindset and:

  • Have a strong pattern of sleeping eight to ten hours a day
  • Exercise routines and basic nutrition knowledge
  • Can manage homework and grades without parent support and micro-management
  • Can self-advocate in the classroom and socially
  • Students can make doctor’s appointments, haircuts, grocery shops, etc.
  • Have their bank account and debit card
  • Secure Drivers License by 16 or 17
  • Can navigate public transportation
  • Have 8-10 on the Grit scale (they have failed)
  • Manage their own screen time (2 Hours per day)
  • Commitment to continual improvement of study habits and routines
  • Can articulate how they “learn” and what they need
  • Willing to meet with teachers and professors and self-advocate
  • Strong understanding and toolbox related to mental health
  • Have a growth mindset
  • Can hold a job and willing to take certifications such as Red Cross babysitting, lifeguarding
  • Have left home for more extended periods in summers without family members or friends
  • Can identify strands of interest and different kinds of career pathways
  • Have experience with serving the community on a regular basis
  • Has a strong friend base and can manage social conflict.

tIf any of my expert parents have any tips to add to the list, please send them my way! Please reach out to Laura Barr at for more information about Emerging’s college consulting services and support in launching!