Tips for Parents whose Kids are Going Away to College
Parenting can be rewarding, but in reality, there will be hard and difficult times along the way. Dealing with some of the problems can take a toll on both your child and yourself. Especially during the times of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to learn how to cope with the stress of everyday life and also the emotions and anxiety that you’ll be feeling once your child moves away to college.
Check out these important and helpful tips for parents who are getting ready to send away their kids to college.
- Look at scholarship options together
It will be a good preparation to talk about the financial situations when it comes to college tuition. It can also open up other options that both of you are comfortable in agreeing. You can make them understand that they need to handle their finances better. And discussing this with them years before their college semester can begin will be good preparation for you and your child.
- Acceptance of the new parenting role
There will be this huge transition in your role when your child was in the comfort of your home vs. them moving away. You need to understand that the expectations that you have before might not be the same now. One example is that expectation for returning phone calls and texts and also the frequency of such can change. During this pandemic, it can also give the parents anxiety as we know that our children are nowhere near us, so it’s important to reach out and let them know that they can always call you when in need.
- Be understanding and reassuring
- Get Involved
- Be prepared for any emergencies
When the moving day comes, we wanted to be organized and planned out, but it’s always best to prepare for any unexpected delays. It’s important to have an extra hour or two just to have everything laid out; from your books, personal belongings, college care packages, planners, etc. Those extra few hours can make your moving day a success and also have more time to go through their things.
- Wrapping it all up before letting them go
Parents tend to focus their attention on the departure of their children. But your tears as a parent are expected but no matter what tricks you put up in your sleeve, saying goodbye will hurt. Let them know that they have what it takes and they will never be alone. What we can do is give them the support that they need, be it physically, financially, and most especially emotionally.