For Parents.


For Parents

In Summary…

  • Stay in contact with your student. Family and parental support are very important. Email, Snapchat, and text-messaging are useful as a supplement to voice communications. Hearing your voice with a phone call or video call is crucial to help your child feel your presence and support.
  • Don’t go behind your student’s back if there is a problem. Encourage your young adult to contact resources on campus. If you choose to contact, tell your offspring first.
  • Allow your young adult to work out their own problems and schedules and make their own decisions. Suggestions can be offered and encouragement can be given, but by allowing your student the opportunity to make their own choices, you indicate to them that you believe them to be an adult who is responsible, and capable.
  • It’s your thoughts that count. No matter what the problem, there is a solution or goal. Catastrophizing will do you in.
  • Psychological problems are usually of a developmental and/or situational nature, which we all experience. Most are remedied with a helping ear. Some need more help sorting out than others.
  • Severe psychological problems do occur and should not be ignored. There is help here, for you and for your student, if such happens.