5 Tips for Parents to Connect with College Kids
After years of studying, researching and saving up, the day has come when your child has finally gone away to school. So now what? How can you stay supportive without being too intrusive? Don’t worry, Empty Nesters, we’ve got you covered!
Read on for some helpful tips on how to stay connected with your college kids:
1. Lend an ear – as grown up as your children may feel, they still want you to listen as they vent about their messy new roommates, their tough course load or their demanding professors. They may not want you to step in and solve their problems for them like you did when they were younger, but they will take comfort in you being around to listen.
2. Send them treats – after trying the campus dining hall food, your kids sure would appreciate a delicious care package. If you don’t have the time and energy to cook yourself, just order online from College Cookies and your child will receive a dozen freshly baked, hand-made cookies and a personalized note.
3. Go social – your children may not always be able to talk on the phone, but they will mostly likely be available online. Connect on their favorite platforms like Facebook, Skype, WhatsApp and Instagram. Just remember to respect their space. Just because you can communicate with your children almost 24/7 doesn’t mean that you should.
4. Step into their world – spend some time walking on and off campus to help your kids feel more comfortable in their new surroundings. This is also a good chance for you to get to know some of their friends while exploring. Take them (and their friends) out for dinner around the campus; visit spots that get the best reviews on Yelp or Foursquare.
5. Invite them home – besides holidays and semester breaks, invite your children home for a random weekend. Let them do laundry and enjoy a favorite meal. They may not always admit to being homesick, but they truly will appreciate the love and support of family. To make them feel extra special, greet them with a “Welcome Home” sign.
For more tips, check out the Guide for Parents presented by the NYU Langone Medical Center