Hi Penguin Family! We are so excited to welcome you and our newest resident to YSU! It is going to be a wonderful experience for not only your child but yourselves as well. One of the hardest things for a parent to do is send their child off to college. Do not worry we have plenty of advice and tips for you to stay involved with your child every step of the way.
- Be an Anchor.
Be your child's trusted advisor. Support them, and let them know you are only a phone call away. College can become very stressful at times, whether it be schoolwork or personal issues. Having the support of a parent is sometimes all it takes to pull it together.
- Reassure Your Child that they will Be Fine on Their Own at College.
Remember that they do not become a "college student" the moment they arrive on campus. They will slowly learn to adjust as their "college student" self over time. You cannot be there for everything, but you can remind them that there are resources on campus for just about everything, and encourage your child to use them.
- Confidently Negotiate Move-in Day
As your child packs for college, remember this is their home. Help them decide on good, necessary things to bring. At first they are going to want to do it all on their own. The key to success is waiting on them. They do not need you to do it for them, but they need you to help them do it. Big difference! Work together to get them settled in and comfortable in what will be their new home.
- Learn to Communicate via Email, Text, and Social Media.
As the semester moves along it tends to get much busier. Those everyday phone calls may shorten to a couple days a week. Do not panic, you may find it easier to send a quick text or email to check in. Be ok with not getting much information sometimes, and getting too much information other times. As the months pass, you will both figure out what is the right amount to share.
- Plan a Few Fun Visits
Do not think because your child is away at college you won’t get to see them anymore. You can always plan a couple visits throughout the semesters. Figure out a good day or weekend to visit your child. Taking them out to dinner or something as simple as a movie could just be what the both of you need. Don’t forget they also have Holiday breaks that they can come home for.
With these recurring pieces of advice in your back pocket, we wish you well as you send your child off to the next chapter of their life (and yours!).