Today we are talking with Sally Kuzemchak registered dietitian and author of about tips for parents of college-bound students. Her son recently started college and she has some great tips for us parents on navigating this journey.

Healthy Family Project Podcast Episode 84

Today we have a great episode lined up! Sally is typically joining us on the show to talk about meal prep and planning and other topics around nutrition, but today, we are getting a different side of Sally. She recently sent her son off to college and of course, having a high schooler myself, I was interested in learning more about her experience. 

Tips For Parents of College-Bound Students Podcast

You know, the real stuff. Not what score you need to be accepted or tips on writing the essays (although, I would love to see an episode on that in the future.) The other things, like drawing lines, pressure, and the journey. 

You will love Sally’s candid advice on what she did well and what she thought she might do differently. 

Tips For Parents of College-Bound Students

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What We Cover:

Want to skip straight to a specific topic? See timestamps below. But of course, we recommend listening all the way through to get all the great advice and tips!

  • 2:25 An introduction to Sally Kuzemchak
  • 3:24 Advice for parents whose kids are gearing up for college
  • 5:27 Why it’s important to let the school guide your child as a student
  • 10:23 The pros and cons of submitting common applications
  • 14:26 The reality check Sally got from her son
  • 17:08 The right way and wrong way to do college tours
  • 20:45 How social media influences the college application process
  • 22:08 Signs it’s time for your kid to take a break from social media
  • 26:05 Why it’s crucial to let your kids carve their own path (even when it’s hard)
  • 29:34 Why some kids don’t get excited at the prospect of going to college
  • 30:48 What Sally wishes she did differently when her son was applying and why
  • 34:23 Special dates to be aware of when your child is in the application process
  • 35:02 Why parents need to give themselves some grace during this time
  • 35:37 Tips for supporting your kids emotionally during the application process

About Our Guest, Sally Kuzemchak

Sally is a registered dietitian, author, and mom of two boys. She blogs at, a “no-judgement zone” for feeding families. She is the author of two books, The 101 Healthiest Foods For Kids, a guidebook to the best whole foods for kids, and Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide, a cookbook for busy families.

An award-winning reporter and writer, Sally serves as a Contributing Editor for Parents magazine and a blogger for WebMD. Her writing has been published in magazines including Prevention, Health, Family Circle, Eating Well, Fitness, and Shape. 

Sally received her master’s degree in dietetics from Ohio State University and resides in Columbus, OH with her family.

You can listen to Sally’s previous episodes! Episode 72 How to Create A No Stress Dinner Plan, Episode 54 Nutrition Label 101, Episode 37 Balancing the Holiday Sugar Rush, Episode 34 Lunchbox Packing Mistakes To Avoid

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