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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Jackson

Parenting Tips - College aged children

Parenting a college-aged child can be a challenging experience. It is a time when young adults are transitioning into independence, and it can be difficult for parents to navigate the changing dynamics of their relationship with their child. Here are some tips for parents of college-aged children:

  1. Give them space to grow One of the most important things you can do as a parent is to give your college-aged child space to grow and develop their independence. While it can be tempting to continue to micromanage their life, it is important to allow them to make their own decisions, even if they may not be the choices you would make.

  2. Keep the lines of communication open While giving your child space is important, it is also important to keep the lines of communication open. This means being available to talk when they need you, but also giving them space to initiate conversations on their own terms. It is important to listen to them and show them that you value their opinions and ideas.

  3. Offer guidance and support Even as your child becomes more independent, they still need guidance and support from their parents. This can be in the form of advice, financial support, or emotional support. It is important to be there for your child, but also to give them the space to make their own decisions and learn from their mistakes.

  4. Encourage them to explore their interests College is a time for young adults to explore their interests and passions. Encourage your child to try new things, join clubs, and pursue their interests. This will not only help them develop new skills and talents, but also give them a sense of purpose and direction.

  5. Help them plan for their future While your child may be focused on their college experience, it is important to also help them plan for their future. This can include helping them with job applications, internships, and networking opportunities. Encourage them to think about their long-term goals and how they can start working towards them now.

  6. Allow them to make mistakes As your child becomes more independent, they will inevitably make mistakes. It is important to allow them to make these mistakes and learn from them, rather than trying to shield them from failure. This will help them develop resilience and the ability to bounce back from setbacks.

  7. Respect their privacy As your child becomes an adult, it is important to respect their privacy. This means giving them space to make their own decisions and not prying into their personal life without their consent. While it can be difficult to let go of the need to know everything that is going on in your child's life, it is important to trust that they will come to you if they need your help or advice.

In conclusion, parenting a college-aged child can be a challenging experience, but by giving them space to grow, keeping the lines of communication open, offering guidance and support, encouraging them to explore their interests, helping them plan for their future, allowing them to make mistakes, and respecting their privacy, parents can help their children navigate this exciting and transformative time in their lives.

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