Tips For Parents: Is Your Student Ready?
Having your child begin his or her college career can be a stressful experience for parents, especially if they haven't lived away from home before. During this important time of transition for the family, many parents put their own feelings and reactions on hold while helping their child prepare for college life. Attending to your own emotional needs, however, as well as your child's, will go a long way toward helping everyone feel comfortable with the challenges that going to college represents.
The first year at Palm Beach Atlantic University is a tremendously exciting time, both for students and their families, and we hope and trust that you and your child will have a rewarding year!
Ten Tips for Parents With College Students by Steve and Karen Hebert, PBA Parents
- Show students how to balance a checkbook or use Quicken before graduation.
- Learn your child’s e-mail address – Great way to stay in contact.
- Become your child’s FRIEND on Facebook – See your child’s life in pictures.
- Students love snail mail – Give a subscription, send cards and letters, etc.
- Look for items for dorm room in your attic, parent’s home, etc.
- Write down all insurance information and medical history for student and yourself. Put in a folder marked Insurance. Have them keep it in a safe place.
- Remember holidays with care packages, flowers, etc. Write down the shipping address as well as the mail address.
- When you visit, if possible take a roommate or two with you out to dinner with your child. You may learn more about them as they interact together.
- Learn to text – Students will reply and it is usually cheaper than the per minute cost on cell phones.
- Stay informed, learn about the school from a parent’s point of view; see the parent section of the PBA Web site at /parents.