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7 Ways to Stay Connected to your Child at College

When that time comes in August when you drop your child off at college you don’t drive home that night and say “yes, I’m done parenting.”  That first year is a learning curve for you and your child. Trust me when I say your child needs you more than ever their first year. Here are 7 ways you can stay connected to your child while they are at college.

7 Ways to stay connected to your child while they're at college. yourstrulyjenn.com

Whenever there are dorms, apartments, and students you are bound to run into some problems. I have heard many horror stories such as roommate issues, money problems, grades, bed bugs, mold, professors not being fair, not getting the classes you need and oh so much more. Of course you will want them to try to work things out on their own if at all possible. But, there is that ever so important issue of credit that you have spent years getting just the way you want it. So you might want to make sure you check up on things through your child’s 4-6 year endeavor. Yeah I said 4-6 years. It takes the average college student 6 years to get a 4 year degree.  Only 19% of students are finishing in 4 years these days. YIKES!  I am proud to say my daughter made Dean’s List her first year!

7 ways to stay connected with your children while they are in college. Yourstrulyjenn.com

Here are some ways I have found that you can use to contact your child without seeming too pushy or clingy. You want to be able to check in without them thinking you are always spying on them.

  1.  Use facetime to check in. I used to talk to my parents every Sunday when I was in college. We had a set day to talk and kind of check in with each other. You guys can do that too if you want to have a check in day. Of course, we didn’t have facetime back then. I love being able to see each other now. It just feels more personal when you can see the person.
  2. Send care packages on holidays and special occasions. My daughter loves care packages. It really lets them know you care and are thinking of them. Send all their faves in different seasonal themes or color combos.
  3. Give their address to family members so they can write them as well. It is always fun to get cards and letters from family; especially when you’re not expecting it. You might even send a little pizza money every once in a while.
  4. Stay in contact through social media. My kids and I text and have Snapchat streaks going. This is an easy way to send pics and text back and forth with your kids and let them know the little day to day happenings. Plus, just to see a pic of your kid makes your heart feel all warm and fuzzy.
  5. Plan to attend Parent’s weekend at least the first year. Plan ahead and make hotel reservations way in advance. The school has lots of events planned and you don’t want your child to be without a parent if at all possible. It is a fun weekend and they usually have a ball game and other on campus fun for all involved.
  6. Plan trips to visit and for your child to come home. It is always good to have something to look forward to on the calendar. If you don’t do this the time will get away from you and your weekends will fill up with other activities.
  7. When you see your child, connect with them like you used to. Go shopping, have a game night, go to the movies, do facials, go to the batting cages, etc… Whatever you did before they went to college will make them feel right at home again when you get back to those same activities.

7 ways to stay connected with your children while they are in college. Yourstrulyjenn.com

I hope these communication tips were helpful.  They helped me when my daughter went to live on campus.  She has an apartment now and that has a whole other set of challenges. But they will get through it just like we did.  The best thing is to communicate as much as possible so you are on the same page.  If you have other ways to communicate please share them below so they can help other families getting ready to go through this in August.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

Fall college care package

A lot of my friends have sent their kids back to college.  They’ve been away from home for about a month now.  Luckily, I have two more years before I have to think about that,  I can tell you right now that I won’t do well when that time comes.  I get teary eyed when I hear the graduation song now.  My daughter turned 16 tonight and I’m already having trouble with this milestone.  In honor of all my friends going through this time in their lives, I thought it would be great to show ideas for college care packages.

What do college kids love more than a day off from school???? CARE PACKAGES!!!! I loved receiving any kind of mail when I was in college. When you had a slip of paper in your box indicating that you had a package, it was like you had hit the lottery.  Everyone on campus was always jealous of the person walking back to their dorm with the huge care package.

Today I’m going to help you with some great ideas for a fall care package for your college student or someone who just needs a little pick me up.  All of these things you can easily gather or make yourself.  You know your child better than anyone so you would know what they would like in their package. The items are universal to most kids.

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College care packages

Great items to put in a college care package.

Halloween Peeps

Halloween Peeps are great for this time of year.

 

1. Money-I didn’t have this in the picture, but one of the best things to send college students is quarters.  They need tons of quarters to do their laundry.  I can guarantee this gift will go over well with any student still in a dorm.

2. Food-  Send your child the foods they love and maybe even something for their roommate.  Homemade items are always a winner if you have time to make them and package them properly.  You can’t forget Ramen Noodles.  That is a college must have because it is cheap and easy to make.  A win-win for college students.  You can see in this package, I sent lots of fall treats like Peeps, Oreos, and Brownie Pumpkins.  Your child doesn’t have the luxury of just going to the pantry and grabbing a snack anymore.  If you send the things they are missing, I’m sure they will be very happy.

3. Non food items-  For girls you could send magazines, SD cards, make up remover wipes, razors, nail polish, etc… For guys you could send magazines, razors, socks, deodorant, etc…..

4. Theme Items- Your care package could have a certain theme or seasonal motif. Those are a lot easier to find items to prepare for the box.

5. School colors-  Kids like to wear their school colors or tee shirts sporting their college’s name or mascot.  This is a great gift to get them.

boxed care package

This is what your box may look like when ready to mail.

college student's care package

What college student wouldn’t want this?

I hope this list helped give you some inspiration for your own care package.  The holidays are coming up and you could also send a care package to someone in the military.  They have specific things they need and also things that you can’t send them (depending on the place you’re mailing it to). Please make sure you google a list of items depending on where you’re sending the package before you put their box together.  My daughter’s cheer team did this one year as our community project and it was very rewarding. Good luck with your package and please let me know if you have any good ideas that could help me with my future packages.

Yours Truly,

Jenn