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It is important to remember that your relationship with your son or daughter will change over the coming months and years. We hope these tips will be helpful to you as you make the transition.


Remember to treat your son or daughter as an adult. Perhaps one of the greatest struggles for college students is being recognized as an adult. No matter how independent they may become, students want their parents to treat them as adults.


Be patient with your son or daughter. College and the experiences associated with it can bring about many changes. The college years are a time of great change, and it is important that students receive support and patience from their family.

Student Participation

Encourage your student to participate in campus organizations and activities. Students who get involved on campus have greater academic success than students who only study. It may be difficult for your student to find a niche, but persuade them to not give up. Finding their place at a large university can be a struggle for students, but they can do it!

Finance Management

Teach your student how to balance a checkbook and handle other financial responsibilities before he or she leaves home. Many students fall into the trap of credit card offers and may reach a maximum limit on a credit card before they realize the ramifications of bad credit.


Don't panic. All students face challenges and struggles as they go through their college careers, and you might even get a phone call or two when your student feels overwhelmed. When the whole world seems to be toppling down all at once, your student is going to turn to the one place that has always been a source of strength – home. Listen to your son or daughter and try to encourage them, but don't panic! Every student has a bad day.


No matter how much you want to, you have to let your son or daughter make his or her own decisions. College students struggle with making their own decisions. Finding oneself is a difficult enough process without feeling that the people whose opinions you respect most are second-guessing your own second-guessing.

Last Updated: 8/20/13