Going off to college is an exciting time for a student, but as this is most likely your child’s first time away from home. He may get homesick or want some space. It’s hard to find the balance of being there too much or too little, but here are some ways that you can help.
Give Them Space
Sending your child off to college is hard. You no longer get to see him each day, and you’re probably not able to be quite as involved in his life, but that is ok. This is a time for young adults to explore and figure out who they are and what they want to do. Your child is going to be busy adjusting to college life, studying for classes, and making new friends. Constantly calling and texting your college student could end up pushing him away. Try setting up a time each week that works for his schedule to chat.
Be There For Your Child
At some point your kid is probably going to get homesick. College is a huge change and adjustment, and everyone misses home sometimes. While you can’t physically be there with your child at all times, there are some things you can do from far away to help them feel better. Sending a care package from home can go a long way. Put in some treats that can only be found locally to give him a taste of home. Having a get well cookie bouquet sent to your student is a great way to put a smile on his face. Sometimes just being there to listen is all he needs.
Let Them Make Mistakes
Your child is most likely going to make a few mistakes in college. This can be a way for your student to learn how to be on his own. Be there for him when he makes mistakes. Try not to come down too hard on him, and remember that he is only human.
Give everyone time to adjust. Remember to be there for yourself too. Your child moving away is a major event, so practice some self-care to help get you through.