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Personally, I think it can be a problem (not that it is, but that depending on the kid, it can be...). I mean, there are a lot of issues that college kids deal with that are really not appropriate for a 14 or 15 year old. For me, college was a lot of fun. You really learn about yourself. There are lots of people, so you can much more easily find a group that you fit in with, the classes can be challenging, there is a lot to learn away from home... By putting a 14 year old in college, you are not only potentially exposing them (and expecting them to deal with) mature situations but you are also denying them that experience of "college life" when the appropriate time rolls around. I mean, I don't think a dorm is a particularly healthy place for a 14 year old. Yet, for an 18 year old it is a great learning experience and lots of fun. You miss that whole boat (and others) if you are done with college by 18...
maybe do community college (classes are still challenging and interesting for a high schooler, but without many of the additional social aspects of a 4-year college that a 14 year old might not be ready for- kid can be at home, learn at a college level, and sometimes the classes transfer, so the whole "going away to college for 4 years" is still totally a possibility and you can maybe skip some of the freshman intro classes).
Laura - Mom to ds (10) and dd (7) "Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life." Brian Andreas.
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