My oldest child is in the 4th grade, and it is amazing how many parents at his K-8 school want to have coffee with me to discuss college admissions, even for children who have not yet hit middle school. But if I’m being honest with myself, even I think about how my son’s decisions today impact who he will be when he applies to college. But then one of my wise colleagues will set me straight and help me to remember that he’s still too young to be planning for college.
On the flip side, I’ve met plenty of parents of 12th graders who are still kicking the can down the road, sort of waiting for the process to happen to them. So when is the right time to “start?”