Your teen went through the rigorous college application process. Now they’ve been accepted to school and are getting ready to go. This is when you dust off your hands and send them on their way, right? Not so much. The transition into their freshman year can be a challenging one—for you and for them. A new setting, new friends, new expectations, and a whole lot of independence can be overwhelming. And you may need to figure out how to parent from afar, or think about a new style of parenting altogether. How do we prepare our teens—and ourselves—for this huge life change?
Start by taking a deep breath. It’s a challenging time for everyone, but it’s also exciting. Your teen will likely experience a whole host of emotions as move-in day approaches. These heightened emotions may continue as they begin to explore their new surroundings and figure out how life works away from home. Consider the following steps to prepare both yourself and your college freshman for this step into adulthood.
The transition to college can be a scary one—for you and your teen. Keep these things in mind in order to help create a safe, open space for your child to communicate with you. This may help ease your fears as well. To learn more about communicating with your teen and helping them get ready for the next step in life, check out our library, Support, Inspire and Connect. And please head over to our calendar to see what exciting live, interactive workshops we have coming up.
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