Parent’s and student often discuss the college experience when trying to decide what college to attend.
Eleven years ago when our first child began college, we had no idea that all of his siblings would end up attending the same university once they graduated high school. We never talked about it, but God was writing a story through their decisions.
When our last child graduated from the University of Central Florida, they all felt a sense of closeness having shared this season of life together. As Jeannie said, “It was an extension of our home.” Out of the eleven consecutive years of having kids in college, we realized nine of them consisted of 2-3 attending together. The opportunity to foster fun memories was easier when they are all sharing similar events.
Tom and I had a vision of raising kids that would enjoy being together long after they graduated from high school. We were surprised when they echoed comments we spoke around the dinner table as they were growing up during a recent interview by the University of Central Florida. I’ve included a link for you to watch the video and read the full article. The story of Five Knights.
We didn’t know what they were going to use. After watching the video, we realized three things:
- Teens listen more than you think
- When you tell them why they might enjoy something, they will often consider what you say more
- If you create a vision for your family and talk openly about where you’re going, they are more likely to get excited by what they see.
Our story about getting all five kids through college without purchasing a pre-paid college program, getting student loans, or incurring debt has prompted us to share how we did it and how you can too.
I’ll be writing more on this topic in the future.