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Posts from — September 2011

Book Review: The iConnected Parent

From time to time, we like to review some of the books available for parents of college students.  There is a wealth of literature available to help parents cope with the transition to college and the changes that occur throughout the college years.  We’ve created lists of recommended reading, and there is something for everyone.  Please check out our Resources and Tools page for suggestions.

The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up
by Barbara K Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore should be required reading for any parent sending his or her child away to college. The authors perceptively hold a mirror up to allow parents to see themselves and understand why we feel the need to be so involved in and connected to our children’s lives.

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September 29, 2011   No Comments

Suggestions for Sending the Best College Care Package Ever

Even in the age of electronic communication, college students love to receive “real” mail.  Perhaps the mail that college students love to receive the most are those wonderful care packages from home.  It is possible to find services that will send a care package for you, and these are fun to receive, too, but nothing beats something put together lovingly from home.

We’ve previously offered some suggestions for care package contents and mailing considerations, but we’re coming back with more suggestions here.  Read both posts for help putting together the best care packages ever.

Putting together just the right care packages should be a fun way to think about your student and her interests and personality.  Keep a list or start a collection early and add things whenever you think of them.  Send packages early and often – they’re especially welcome at the beginning of the term, but are also welcome at exam time, to celebrate an event, or just as an unexpected surprise.

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September 26, 2011   1 Comment

There’s an Upside to Sending Your Student to College

As you drop your student off for college, and then return to your empty nest, you may be thinking mostly about how much you’ll miss him.  You may be worrying about how quiet the house will seem without him.  You may or may not be worried about how well he will succeed at school, –  but you’re also thinking about the hole that remains in your family.

You’ll certainly miss your student.  And, although you may not believe it as you return to your empty (or at least emptier) house, you will get used to having your student away.  What you may or may not have thought about are some of the advantages of moving your college student out of the house and away at school.

We’d like to offer a slightly light-hearted reminder that there is an upside to sending your student away to college.

September 23, 2011   No Comments

How to Make Your Parents’ Weekend Visit a Success

Parents’ Weekend at your student’s college may be just around the corner.  This may be your first opportunity to visit your freshman at his college.  He may or may not have been home for a visit already, but whether he’s been home or not, your first visit to his new home away from home can feel like a momentous occasion.

Parents’ Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for you and your student to spend some time together.  Each school organizes the event a bit differently, but the overall purpose and format are often similar.  Read an overview of Parents’ Weekend to understand better what to expect.

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September 20, 2011   No Comments

Helicopter Parents Are Big Topic

As college students headed back to school this fall, Merriam Webster  announced that “helicopter parent” was now an entry in their dictionary. Helicopter Parents are an important topic.  Those same parents may now be dealing with the Empty Nest Syndrome.

I was privileged to be a guest this fall on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Joy Cardin show as together we explored the topics of helicopter parents and empty nests.  For those of us sending our students off to college, there’s lots of food for thought during this interview.

Listen to the Wisconsin Public Radio interview and then let us know your thoughts.  Have you just sent someone off to college?  Do you consider yourself a helicopter parent?  How are you coping with your empty nest?

September 17, 2011   No Comments

Roundup of Helpful Posts for September 2011

Your college student has spent the summer packing, Facebooking new friends, saying farewell to old friends, working, obsessing, and perhaps learning how to do the laundry.  You’ve watched, listened, created lists, and helped to pack the car.  Now your student is delivered to campus and you’re settling into your empty nest and wondering how to be involved in your student’s college experience without becoming a helicopter parent.

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September 5, 2011   No Comments