Sibling relationships

Sibling relationships

A child’s departure for college is not only a big adjustment for parents; it means big changes for younger siblings as well. When my oldest son left for college, I wondered how that would affect his two younger brothers and the relationship they had with each other. Like most mothers, it’s extremely important to me

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Supporting mental health from a distance

Supporting mental health from a distance

For most young people, going to college is the first time they’ve lived away from home. The experience is exciting, maturing and hopefully fun. It is also a big step and almost inevitably it will bring up some degree of anxiety for them. Students aren’t the only ones who might be anxious. For parents who up

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Support for your far away college student

Support for your far away college student

What do you do if your son or daughter has chosen a college hundreds or even thousands of miles from home? There are challenges, but with extra effort and advance planning you can help your student feel your support even across the miles. Staying on campus over breaks One situation your student may face is a

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Family Weekend — What to expect

Family Weekend — What to expect

It may seem as if you were just hugging your children goodbye while dropping them off at college, but Family Weekend will be here before you know it. If you’re a first-time college parent wondering what to expect, the best way I can describe Family Weekend — and this might not help unless you went

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Talking about Greek life with our students

Talking about Greek life with our students

Fraternities and sororities play a big role in student life at many American colleges and universities. Parents who’ve had their own positive experiences with Greek life often pass along enthusiastic traditions to their daughters and sons. For other parents, the Greek system is a bit of a mystery, but they may be familiar with controversies that

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“How does your student like college?”

“How does your student like college?”

When I am out and about in town I often overhear people whose kids have recently started college greet each other with, “How does [your child’s name here] like school?” The response generally is, “She LOVES it!” Now, I understand one might not be inclined to go into personal details while standing on line at the deli

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  • another ‘to do’ idea - re visit career counseling / advisor to take meaningful steps to secure a summer internship (especially for undergrad juniors)

  • Thank you for this revealing article. My freshman daughter will be home in a few days and I was wondering how things would go. She already announced her friend event schedule - which did not include us for the most part. I guess I will need to take a back seat to her social life and be there when she comes home. I feel much more prepared.