Student Safety

Spring Break is Here!

Author: Uncool Parent Posted: February 26th, 2017

 

College Spring Break is here! It’s a big world out there…

Some college kids come home for Spring Break but others don’t. Whether on a college sponsored trip, community service experience or just to have fun with friends many students are traveling all over the world. Our kids are ready, willing and able to explore it. But are we ready for their untamed enthusiasm?

Just during freshman year alone, my son went on a expedition with his fraternity to Canada, visited friends at other colleges, and partied during spring fling in Florida (only because I wouldn’t permit him to go to Mexico!) Can’t anyone sit still? My head is spinning.

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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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As Parents We Are Always Concerned With Safety, But Are Our Kids?

Author: Uncool Parent Posted: August 21st, 2015

We’re thinking about our kids’ safety, but are they?

Start a dialogue and keep the lines of communication open. Make a plan to stay in touch with your child and stick to it. Share these tips with your kids. There’s a lot here. Maybe one at a time?! Your kids might roll their eyes, but they will hear:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Become familiar with the campus and map out safe ways to walk to and from your classes. Walk in lit areas that are frequently traveled.
  • Always walk with at least one other person that you know. Groups are better but are not always practical. If you have to walk alone somewhere, make sure someone is aware of where you will be walking and when you should arrive at your destination.

Personally, I encourage my daughter to call me on her cell phone when she is walking somewhere alone. We talk until she arrives at her destination safely. Even though she is on the phone I encourage her to stay aware of her surroundings.
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