As a parent, we provide advice all the time. It is this guidance that has helped our children to get to this point in their life: entering college. But at this juncture, it is the perfect time to give your child “space” in order to let them think about what they need to do to prepare. If you see a serious error, like not packing any sheets for the dorm bed :-),then you would be best to ask a question that allows for your child to come up with the most beneficial answer. For example, do you want to take your favorite sheets? How do you think this would work in your dorm room? By asking these open-ended questions, you are more likely to get the best responses. Of course, if your child is too anxious to hear you, then you might have a conversation about the subject that he or she can overhear and hope the hint is heard.
We also suggest that you want to think about the ride to the college, finding the dorm room, meeting other students in the dorm, and setting up the college room. How much help (physical and emotional) will your child need? Thinking about these things in advance can only make the good-bye moment easier as your college freshman begins this new phase of his or her life
Just give us a call 845.582.0017. The EA Team is here to support and encourage students and their parents.