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Preparing your Teens for College: Faith, Friends, Finances, and Much More (Chediak)

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Tyndale House Publishers
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Will my teens’ faith be strong enough to withstand the tests of college? Will they focus on their studies or squander their free time? Will they form healthy friendships or join the wrong crowd?

Dr. Alex Chediak has watched too many college students flounder over these issues and many others. Sadly, 45 percent of those who start off at a four-year college will not complete their degree. At a time when college has never been more expensive, too many of our children are failing. What makes the difference? Character, a strong faith, and a willingness to delay gratification. And where is that learned? Ideally, at home.

In this book, Alex will give you everything you need to help your teens not only successfully navigate the college years but also real life. Alex covers all the hot-button issues: dating, premarital sex, roommates, grades, career guidance, God, and much more. You won’t want to be without this essential survival manual for college.


Table of Contents:

Part 1: Character

Conversation 1: Teaching Responsibility

Conversation 2: Training Teens to Be Future-Oriented

Part 2: Faith

Conversation 3: Raising Teens Who Internalize Their Faith

Conversation 4: Raising Teens Characterized by Conviction and Tolerance

Part 3: Relationships

Conversation 5: Helping Teens Pursue Quality Friendships

Conversation 6: Helping Teens Pursue Purity

Part 4: Finances

Conversation 7: Teaching Your Teens Financial Responsibility

Part 5: Academics

Conversation 8: Encouraging Teens to Work (Academically) unto the Lord

Conversation 9: Discovering Your Teens’ Talents and Interests

Part 6: The College Decision

Conversation 10: Asking the Right Questions about College

Conversation 11: Considering Associate Degrees or Trade Schools

Conclusion: Marks of College-Ready Teens

Appendix: How to Plan and Save for College 



Alex Chediak is a speaker and a professor of engineering and physics at California Baptist University. He is the author of the bestselling book, Thriving at College and has published numerous articles in Christian College Guide and Boundless, a Focus on the Family online magazine for young-adult Christians. Alex completed his bachelor's degree at Alfred University and an MS and PhD in engineering from the University of California–Berkeley. Originally from the Chicago area, Alex and his wife, Marni, and their three children now reside in Riverside, California.



"All the tools needed to launch you adults." - Gregg Harris, conference speaker and father of Alex and Brett Harris (author of Do Hard Things)

"Preparing Your Teens for College outstanding book about preparing [teens] for adulthood whether or not they go to to college. Every parent who wants his or her teen to make a successful transition to young adulthood will profit from this book. As a grandparent I'm going to send copies to my own children to help them prepare our grandchildren." - Jerry Bridges