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March 15, 2022 30 min

In this episode of the Higher Education, Higher Purpose podcast, host Phil Cook speaks with Dr. Les Parrott and Dr. Leslie Parrott, New York Times best-selling authors focused on building healthy relationships. They discuss the importance of empathy and mutual understanding when it comes to listening to your kids. They share their own experiences as parents, and tips on how to speak into your children’s lives and connect them with resources as they decide what college they want to attend.


“Mutual understanding. There has to be a sense your son, your daughter feels understood in what they are looking for and what they desire… rather than starting with your agenda.” - Les Parrott  [05:55]


“Kids need our presence and our guidance. They just don’t need necessarily our control and our helicoptering. The temptation is to go all-in on one extreme or the other but if we have that balance of listening hard, then they’ll want to listen back. So it becomes a shared project.”  - Leslie Parrott [07:10]

What You Will Learn:

  • [01:32] Les’ background
  • [02:49] What makes Christian colleges different: community
  • [05:05] Lifetime friends
  • [06:47] Communicating with your child about college
  • [09:11] Dreams vs. Reality
  • [12:42] Importance of communication
  • [14:25] Clarifying content
  • [16:40] The price of character qualities
  • [18:56] Partnering with your children in the application process
  • [21:43] YADA
  • [25:09] How YADA works
  • [28:33] Making decisions with our children, not for them
  • [29:00] Les and Leslie’s final thoughts


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