Sending your child to college may be exciting for the child leaving, but a feeling of loss comes over the parent. So I'm writing this article to help prepare the parent and young adult for college.
Your young adult may be excited and thrilled to get out from the under your wings. But don't let those reins to run too loose.
Remember all discussions with your child should be in a calm manner, do not wait until a crises happens.
Discuss Your Expectations with your son/daughter about their conduct living on campus. Explain that they must keep their grades above a certain average, this may help in derailing some behaviors and diversions in the way of your child's education.
Delay Buying a Car for at least the first couple years of college. Many students don't have cars and campus' usually provide everything you will need for class and more. Not too mention that because most college students don't have cars and if your child does, everyone will be asking him/her for a ride and this will increase your child's incident for an accident.
Students Should Live on Campus or in housing for students if they are not commuting from home. Parents should pay visits to their child's dorm and walk around campus when classes are out to get a feel for the environment.
Students Should Not Have too Much Alone Time. Keep them busy with volunteer work, part-time jobs, sports, or internships. This will help a lot to keep them out of trouble.
Don't Give Your Kids too Much Money. Maybe give them a credit card instead of cash so you can monitor what they are spending their money on. More cash equals more trouble, it costs money to head off campus and party.
Listen to Your Intuition. If you suspect something is wrong, give your child a call or a visit. Instances that can cause alarm are when your son/daughter misses a schedule call with you, starts cutting calls short, or when they cannot be reached.
Have a Way to Communicate With Your Child. Even if your child has a cell phone, things can go wrong or get lost. You should obtain the number to the room advisor of the dorm, campus security, student advisor, college roommate, any friends of your child, and maybe even the parent of the roommate.