When a student starts college, it’s not all about the college student, it’s also about the parent. This can be a time when you start to get anxious about your child’s college education and their new independent life.
As a parent, it’s normal for you to wonder if your child will pass their courses, if they’ll take their classes seriously, if they’ll eat well, if they’ll sleep well, if they’ll be able to find a job, and much more.
These 5 tips will help you make a smooth transition as a parent of a college student.
1. Not A Kid Any More
Unlike high school, you can’t really track if your child attendance everyday.
It’s time to trust what you taught your child. Stay in contact with them and ask about their classes, their friends, and their day-to-day lifestyle. These little things can help you find out if your child is on the right track. Let them find their way and be independent. Guide them but try not to be too demanding. Put yourself in their shoes and understand that they’re trying things on their own.
2. Help Them Find The Right Major
It’s important that your child does what they love. When a student has passion towards what they do, it’s easy for them to be motivated and get good grades. The more your child enjoys their courses, the more they tend to create a good relationship with their professors, instructors, and Teaching Assistants.
3. College Is Not Just Academic
Encourage your child to get involved in volunteer positions, internship positions, and in college activities. Ask them to develop a set of skills relevant to their major because that will help build work related knowledge and experience.
It is also helpful for students to join clubs, teams, and organizations as a break from schoolwork and help develop leadership skills and work ethics.
4. More Money, More Love?
Financial support is one of the most crucial aspects for your child. However, that doesn’t mean you have to give money every time they ask for it. Be aware of where the money is going.
As much as you’re comfortable, make your student aware of family financial circumstances. Encourage them to get a part-time job if they’re capable of balancing both work and school. Help them understand the value of money because going to college is about learning how to be responsible on their own as well.
[Related: Strategies To Save Money for College]
5. Failure Is Success In Progress.
College life comes with lots of ups and downs. When your child is going through a bad time such as low grades, roommate issues, and financial issues, be supportive. This is a time your child learns a lot of life lessons, and you can help them see that failure is not permanent if they take proper actions. As a parent, you share the pain of your child but make sure you’re always strong because your child looks up to you.
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