If you haven’t already, you’re probably getting ready to drive your high school graduate to campus for his or her first semester of college. This is an exciting time, but can be stressful too. Here are four ways to make sure you’re giving your kids a foundation on which to build a successful college experience.
Teach Them The Useful Skills They Won’t Learn In Class
When it’s time to do the laundry, showing them how to sew a button back onto a cardigan or how to fold a fitted sheet, will help ensure that your college student is prepared to do it all on his or her own. Impart the little housekeeping secrets that were passed down to you—your college student will be glad when he knows exactly how to get that stain out of his shirt.
Send Them Off With Everything They’ll Need
When it comes to campus life, there are lots of little essentials that are easy to forget. Be sure to keep track of what you’re buying by using a checklist like this one. Make sure your child’s room is fully stocked with everything from band-aids to pillow cases to that must-have handheld clothing steamer!
Call To Say Hi—But Not Too Often!
You’re sure to miss your newly out-of-the-nest college student. But that doesn’t mean you need to be checking up three times a day! If you can, establish a plan for keeping in touch before you drop your student off. Calling every few days or so to say hi and hear how school is going is totally appropriate. Calling every morning, afternoon and night to make sure she’s doing her homework or to find out what he ate for breakfast is not.
Remind Them You’re There And You Care
Your children will miss you as much as you miss them. If you can, visit them for parents’ weekends and send care packages when exams roll around. While asking about classes and friends is wonderful, sending an occasional text just to say you miss them or wish them a great day can give them the comfort they need when they’re feeling especially homesick.
The most important thing to remember about your kids going off to college is that this is a time for them to experience a new level of independence, and for you to watch them grow!