Welcome to the first episode of Self Accepted: Guiding Families Through College Admissions & Transitions!
Secret Weapon to College Admissions
Dr. Beth Dennard encourages parents to accept their college-bound teenager for who they are and help their teenager navigate adolescence to find themselves. What does self-acceptance look like? It includes being vulnerable, surrendering yourself, and understanding what you’re capable of. She warns parents of the 5 pitfalls of self-acceptance and how their teenager can harness their secret weapon in college admissions – themselves.
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[04:35] Self-Acceptance in College Admissions & Transitions
[04:51] Accepting Their Brand
[08:56] What Self-Acceptance Actually Looks Like
[11:40] The 2 Types of Encouragements
[13:53] The 5 Pitfalls of Self-Acceptance
[22:14] Your Student’s Secret Weapon to College Admissions
We can’t talk about college admissions and transitions without giving you homework. In this episode, Dr. Beth Dennard gave you 3 tasks:
- Give your teenager a piece of paper, and have them use their non-dominant hand to draw a picture of what their future looks like. Suspend any judgement. This process taps into their subconscious – where their dreams lie. If they are embarrassed, allow them to try it in a safe place – like their bedroom. Sit back for a minute once it’s done. Something will stand out in that picture because it’s a treasure map pointing to their soul purpose.
- Here are some phrases you can use to help your teenager accept themselves:
- Are you okay?
- You seem really stressed today… Can we talk?
- What I like about you most is…
- You did extremely well in…
- I love seeing you when you do…
- Schedule a one-on-one date with your teenager.