It is inevitable for every parent to have to send their child to college. For many parents, it is the time when their child will start becoming an adult and will be even less dependent on them. This next phase is a huge change for both parents and the child so below are some tips that can make this easier.
- Choose well. Your child will be faced with endless choices starting from the college or university that he or she will go to. Understand that this is your child’s choice. Feel free to offer your insights and opinion if your child consults you but know that your child will be the one to make the final decision. The best you can do is to gently point out the things that your child will have to consider before making his or her choice.
- Research. Although the decisions should ultimately come from your child, help him make an informed one by researching with him. Learn as much as you can about the environment and culture associated with a particular university so that your child is ready to be immersed in it.
- Communicate. Whether your child will still be living with your or staying in a dormitory or one of the condos in Manila, make sure to keep the communication lines open. There will be many changes in your child’s life and for some kids, college can be daunting and challenging. So it is important that your child knows that he or she can easily go to you for anything. Regularly check on your child on how he is doing and let him just talk about the things that he is going through.
- Let go. College will be a huge adjustment for you and your child especially if he or she will be moving out of the house. But even if your child is living in one of the condos in Taft or anywhere else near the university he or she will go to, be confident that you raised him or her well and that he or she will be okay. If you’re the type of parent who keeps their child on a tight leash, this is the time for you to start letting go. Let go and then enjoy this new phase in your lives.