The transition to college is a turbulent time in a teenager’s life. There are ways parents can help their children through the transition. First of all, you should expect your child to have some anxiety and that the transition will not be perfectly smooth. Let your kids know that you are available and make a point to listen, only offering advice if the child wants it. Be sure to voice your own worries to someone other than your child so that they feel free to talk about their fears. Always follow-up with your child, asking about specific concerns to show you are really paying attention. If you feel your child isn’t being completely honest about the college experience, you may want to schedule a visit and arrange for professional intervention if your child’s mental health is in question. Patience is the key to surviving the college transition.
- If your child does not admit to experiencing any anxiety or problems, they are probably not being honest with you.
- Sometimes your child just wants you to listen so you don’t always have to give them advice.
- Your child will shut down if you talk about your own anxieties, so share those with someone else.
“There are effective strategies to help your kids transition to college life.”