You're an Uncool College Parent If...

  1. #1. You wish your kid responded to your text.
  2. #2. You know they're over 18; and you still care.
  3. Read the rest...

How To…Adjust to Your Kid Going Back to College

Now that your college student has returned to school it can be a little lonely in the house again. Here are a few tips for you to get back to your routine:

1.  Get back on your own sleep schedule. Most of us have been staying up late waiting for the kids to come in during winter break. Throw that concealer away and re-establish your own sleep patterns and routines that may have been interrupted.

2.  Reconnect with your friends and do something fun for yourself again. Restart that weekly card game that you may have suspended.
Read More

Study Abroad? Some Quick Hints

Well, the time has arrived when my son is leaving for his semester abroad. I am excited for him. When you’re young, you should do it. Get out of your comfort zone and meet new people, embrace new cultures and learn about the world outside of home and college. But, it is very scary out there these days – advise your college kid to be safe and exercise caution in every foreign country.

Here are a few things I can share:

1) Make copies of passport/visa. Two copies stay with parents, two copies with your kid. You could also email a scanned copy to your kid.

2) Research conversion costs prior to arrival.

3) Provide US Embassy phone number/emergency number and their equivalent 911 - this is good for parents too! 

4) Call your cell phone provider but recommend purchasing an international phone to use abroad.

Read More

How To… Talk to Your College Student Before They Return To School For Spring Semester

Please Read and Share!

Now that the holidays are over and your college student has caught up on their sleep you may want to really talk about how the fall semester went. Your child is well on the way to becoming an independent adult. This is a transition in all our lives – we are responsible for our kids still but they are learning to be independent. Although they may have navigated the fall semester well, each one brings a new challenge and it is good to keep the lines of communication open.

1. When the kids were young conversation seemed to always flow very freely in the car – the same still applies now. So run some errands. This is a good time to discuss grades and figure out if they were able to manage their time well. Are they still happy with their course of study or do they want to explore other areas?

2. Chat about current events – don’t always talk to them, listen to what they have to say, ask them their opinion about something. This will start to establish a long lasting relationship where you can have a give and take.
Read More