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How To Successfully Help Your Child Begin College

It’s fair to say that when your child just graduated from high-school and going to college, you want to congratulate them. Finishing high school is an important step in someone’s education. Many agree that it is also the beginning of adult life. Indeed, the next educational step after high school is college.

While the students have spent the previous months applying to their favorite colleges, the moment of truth has finally arrived. Once the graduation has gone through, it’s time for them to prepare for their future college life. But, of course, they are not on their own on this new path. You as their mom can help them along the journey.

More importantly, you can help them to embrace their new life! There will be a lot of challenges and changes on the way, but here’s what you can do to help them prepare for their college years:

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The end of high school marks the start of adulthood

Make it special

Nevertheless, before college life begins, there is still time to party. Indeed, if you haven’t yet celebrated their high school graduation, you’d better get on with it soon. Once your relative or friend goes to college, there will be little opportunities left to celebrate together. Make the most of now, and you can as well fully celebrate their college acceptance. Many future college students prefer to wait until their high school graduation for this. Superstition, as it happens, continues to be an influential force on the future of young students who think their chances might disappear if they take them for granted too early!

Where are they going to live?

Going to college means that for most students, they will have to leave home. For many, their student years will teach them valuable lessons in terms of independence, budget management, and self-maintenance. But, the first challenge of all begins with the question of where the future student is going to live. There are campus rooms available on the campus if you apply early. As these tend to fill up rapidly, some students prefer to rent a house with friends, or with other students.

If this is the solution they choose, you will need to help them move into their new home. For long distance trips or heavy furniture, you might want to get in touch with professional movers to take care of everything for you. What are the essentials a student need at home? A laptop, as it’s both a tool for studies and entertainment. They’ll also need a comfortable bed – students don’t sleep much, so when they do, you want to make sure they have a good night sleep – a desk and chair ensemble, a wardrobe, and of course, some kitchen utensils. If the house is big enough, you can also look for a sofa.

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Photo by Logan Isbell on Unsplash

What’s your role in here?

Finally, the most difficult part of letting go of someone you care for is knowing how to behave once they start college. If you’re a close relative, don’t try to surprise them with a visit. You will only affect their sensibility. Similarly, if you’re a parent or a sibling, don’t redecorate their childhood bedroom just now! Be supportive, no invasive, and accept that they’re growing up and therefore need their space.

The college starter kit often contains plenty of advice. These three rules are all you need: Party now, because you won’t have time later. Plan the move, and respect their privacy.

Featured Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash

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TWL Working Mom

Jennifer is the Owner of TWL Working Moms and Co-Owner of Influential Mamas.  Along with blogging + freelance writing, she is a mom, army wife and full-time teacher. Jennifer lives in Washington State and is a born + raised New Yorker. In her spare time, she loves traveling, yoga, the beach, writing, listening to books and drinking coffee.

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