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Spring Break – It’s Not a Vacation for Us

Author: Uncool Parent Posted: February 25th, 2016

I don’t know which is worse for a parent -having your child go on a vacation
with friends for Spring Break or having him or her come home. 

On one hand I spend their week away worrying about all the possible scenarios that could happen on a vacation and every possible thing that can go wrong. Bonfire on the beach? A race to the hospital for burns.  Learning how to trapeze? A fall and an injury requiring medical attention.

On the other hand, having my kid come home doesn’t feel much better. Now I have to negotiate with someone who has been on their own at school and used to their own timetable. I’m looking at a closed bedroom door until 2:00 pm -apparently the usual time to wake up. I’m trying to sleep at 2:00 am, wondering when I will hear the door open.

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Safe dating – on Valentine’s Day and all Year Round

Author: Uncool Parent Posted: February 7th, 2016

Valentine’s Day is a big date night and we all wonder if our child has their own valentine. Come on, admit it. You’re thinking about it. Right? Well anyway, here are a few tips to share to ensure safe dating all year round as well as on Valentine’s Day.

Try these tips.

1) Tell a friend where you’re going and when you expect to return to your dorm

2) Carry your cell phone

3) Drive yourself or meet at a place that you are familiar with

4) Drink responsibly

5) Watch your drink

6) Go with other friends

7) Bring cash and

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Check In…How Does Your Freshman Feel After Their First Semester?

Author: Uncool Parent Posted: December 16th, 2015

The beginning of the best four years of your life – that is what a college student hears so often when they arrive at college for the freshman year. According to parents and other students, the world is now at their fingertips just waiting for them to explore it and find their place in it. It’s exciting, it’s nerve-racking, it’s overwhelming… and it’s completely different for each student.

The first few days and sometimes weeks of college aren’t actually school days – there are a series of parties and get-togethers where each student is trying to find their place. After that, things start to get serious: classes begin, the parties calm down (kind of…), hopefully there is a rhythm to the days and each student makes friends, gets involved and figures out how to manage it all while still paying attention to the academics (which is really why they are at college, after all). But what happens when things don’t go quite that smoothly? Maybe your student has the routine down but still doesn’t feel quite right? Maybe they aren’t having the incredible time that everyone raves about? Maybe they think that something is wrong? Friends and family ask, “How’s college?” and their reply is automatically “It’s amazing! The best! I absolutely love it!” …But that isn’t actually how they are feeling?

Now that they have finished their first semester it’s a good time to check in with them. How does your student really feel? Were they depressed at all, lonely, maybe even a little home sick? Did they talk about these feelings with their friends at school or from home? If they did, and each was telling the truth then they probably heard that indeed their friend also shared these feelings. Hopefully this won’t come as a shock to them – hopefully each student can admit that college can sometimes be less than incredible.

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