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.
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It’s Thanksgiving! Hooray! Ok, maybe not hooray this year….

For the first time, my daughter won’t be home for Thanksgiving this year. She’s in school abroad. Shockingly her professors don’t seem to care that she is American and a major holiday is coming! Her last day of classes are the day after Thanksgiving and reviews have been scheduled for all of Thanksgiving week.

So she has a really good reason to stay at school. And of course, we’re happy that she is putting school first. But I won’t lie. I’m sad. Sad because this is absolute proof that our family is changing. No longer can I demand the presence of my children at a holiday feast and expect them to come. No longer can I pretend that I’m at the center of their lives. And no longer can I pretend that my daughter isn’t turning into an adult with her own life, her own demands, and her own priorities.
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Is Your College Student’s Living Situation Working Out?

Dorm room in a typical college dorm

Now that we are well into the semester – we at UCP are wondering how your college student’s living situation is going? This is usually a major source of anxiety during each year that your child goes off to school. Even if they are friends with their roommate(s) that doesn’t always translate into a good living situation. So many of our kids are used to having their own room, so the idea of sharing a room or a bathroom with other people may be unsettling. Just like learning to share toys in preschool or kindergarten was a growing experience, so is learning to share a living space with a virtual stranger.

So what is your kid’s expectation of their living situation? Your child should keep in mind that you don’t have to be great friends with a person to be great roommates. But, most kids would like to be friends, maybe not best friends, but at least friendly enough to grab a bite or walk to the library. Knowing their roommate ahead of time isn’t a guarantee that it will work out. Living together certainly reveals more about a person than a typical friendship.

As the year progresses, a roommate might reveal certain traits that make living together difficult. Living together takes compromise from both people. Respect is a big part of a successful living arrangement. Your roommate should not touch or borrow your stuff without asking. Your roommate should be quiet when you are trying to sleep or study. Do you expect to study in your room or are you one of those people who studies elsewhere and comes back to the room to relax and blow off steam? Do you want your room to be a gathering place for others or a quiet place of privacy? So many roommate conflicts are just that; lifestyle conflicts. But the bottom line is that your college student’s living space should feel safe, like home.
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Should I Clean My Kid’s Room? This UCP says No!

cluttered kid's room

Now that you dropped your child at college and are back home – now what? The past few weeks were spent getting them ready, all those lists and concerns about move in day are now behind you. Their dorm room is set up, they met their roommate , their books are bought, dining services set up, found the laundry room and you are back home. Well if you are anything Ike this UCP, you probably can’t help going into their room and staring at the empty space and crying. I can’t help myself, I sit on their beds and smile and enjoy all the wonderful memories of having them at home. Somehow all the difficulties of raising them fade and I don’t dwell on the fights, and times I had to play the tough parent. I indulge myself in those fond memories of the baby boy or girl that I raised and sent off to college.

When I am in their room I invariably start looking around and I see clutter, piles of stuff and drawers that are a little messy in their haste to pack for college. My first impulse is to rearrange those drawers and get a big garbage bag and throw away that clutter. But now, I resist that urge – let me tell you why!

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