Releasing your child into their destiny ~ College Transition



    Have you thought about the day you take your child to college? Imagine moving them into their dorm room and coming to that difficult moment of saying goodbye. What parting words will you share that they will take with them through the rest of their lives? In other words, what will you say knowing that they are about to experience a new found freedom and desiring that they will use this freedom responsibly. How about “Live up to your God given purpose!” The strength of character your child possesses will determine how well he or she will navigate through a world filled with temptation, pressure, and different worldviews. It’s never too early or too late to prepare kids for a faith-filled future!

    Many of my friends and I are sending our children off to college this year. A friend of mine mentioned that He may need to start a ministry for parents sending kids off to college. I think that is a great idea. Some of us may need it during transition :).  Even though we are all excited, we will miss them and worry a little. One thing we know for sure is that we have poured into them the word of God and ultimately we will have to trust and know that at the end to the day that is what matters. Now it is time for us to allow them to soar and walk into the purpose and destiny that God has for them. Sometimes that may be different than what we may think it should be. We have spent our life teaching, training and protecting our children; now it’s time to “give them wings.” For many parents, the shift from being the primary influence in a child’s life to releasing them to adulthood isn’t easy. Hopefully we have been preparing them for independence from the start. Now that they are on their own — finding their niche, building a career — you’re no longer their major authority, but friend. By setting healthy boundaries, you can enjoy this new role, while offering the love, guidance and insight only a parent can provide.

    Five Scripture Passages Your Teen Should Take to College

    Going away to college is a major life event. In Christian families, it is also a time to make sure that your teen isn’t going off to college without the support, love and companionship of Christ. So pack up the new colorful comforter, but then don’t forget what may turn out to be the greatest comforter of all, five scripture passages your teen should take to college. – LIMA

    John 14: 1-“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God[a]; trust also in me.

    Matthew 7: 12 -So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

    Mark 6:31-Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

    Luke 9:23-Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

    Luke 8:39-“Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

    There isn’t a child who hasn’t gone out into the brave new world who eventually doesn’t return to the old homestead carrying a bundle of dirty clothes. ~Art Buchwald

    Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. ~Les Brown

    What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. ~Eleanor Powell

    Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22.6

About lettertooursons

Yolanda Shields best-selling author has over 20 years of experience as a business leader and also does international workforce development and social entrepreneurship work in the continent of Africa and other 3rd World Countries. She is a much sought-after speaker and trainer in the area of small business, entrepreneurship, nonprofit startup and sustainability, fund development, grant writing, diversity, human capital management, career development, and social entrepreneurship. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States, France, and Africa. “I serve and guide individual solopreneurs or companies to new levels, expand growth and scale businesses to make a significant impact to produce an increased value that stands out among others. I love working in a collaborative way with leaders to translate business vision into strategic plans that are aligned to execute with excellence and sustainability”. She has earned a B.S. in Education and Social Work (APSU) MBA (HRM and Entrepreneurship). She has been appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to the Statewide Disability Board and the Labor and Workforce Development Board for the State of Tennessee and Vice Chair the Oversight Committee. She has assisted over 20 corporations in the areas of fund development, talent development, strategic planning, executive coaching/training, business operations and celebrity charity management. She is currently a mentor at the Vanderbilt University Wond’ry Innovation Center. She has worked with such celebrities as CeCe Winans, Darrell Green, Art Monk, Tony Boselli, and many others. Yolanda’s first book released in September 2013 which included a 10 city tour in 2013-2014 across the United States, France and continent of Africa where she shared her inspirational book dedicated to “Mothers & Son’s” – “Letters to Our Sons” – A Mother’s Journey Raising Sons to Become Men with Character and Courage. Her 2nd Book focused on Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy released February 2016 “Entrepreneurship is a MindSet not a Storefront”. For more information on Ms. Yolanda Shields visit To Book her Email
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