This is Part 2 our list of student skills that may be helpful for parents, too. Be sure to read our post about the first ten helpful skills.
We’ve written many posts about important skills for college students. We’ve suggested that, as college parents, we talk about these skills with our students because we know that mastering these skills, or at least working on them, will help our students do well.
However, several of the skills that we’ve suggested for students might also be helpful for parents – or for any of us – to develop. Turning the tables and adopting the skills you discuss with your student might be an interesting experiment.
Might you learn along with your student? Could you adapt some of these skills for your own benefit?
As our students head off to college, we are faced with new roles – both with our students and at home. Perhaps this is an ideal time for you to allow yourself to grow as well. Enjoy the process of taking some time to think about your own development as well as your student’s
It’s not always easy to stay in touch with our feelings and emotions. Zeroing in on what we are feeling and why can help us be in control of those emotions.
We all get stuck sometimes. Being able to take one step at a time may be the only way out of a tough situation. Here are some suggestions for small steps to move us forward.
Perhaps you’ve always been involved in the arts. Perhaps you now have some extra time and might consider getting involved – maybe even picking up an instrument. Whether are a participant or an observer, participation in the arts can have far-reaching benefits – for all of us.
Small actions can make a difference in attitudes and in outcomes. Might any of these actions help you think differently about what you do?
Yes, almost all of us have difficulty with time management. Perhaps you’ve already tried many approaches and perhaps you’ve already given up. But it might be worth exploring one more attempt to be in control of your time.
Time management on paper is one thing, but time management in action is another. Once you have a plan, you need to be able to carry out the plan. That involves self-management – making sure things get done.
Sleep – one of the most elusive things for most of us. Are there ways that you might be able to increase or improve your sleep?
Hopefully, your student has completed this important paperwork. Have you?
It’s one thing to have goals and plans, but what do we do when things don’t go exactly as we’ve planned? Adaptability is important for all of us, not just college students.
Nothing mysterious here. The word is “Help.” Many of us are reluctant to use the word when we need it. Use this post to examine some of the reasons we may be reluctant to reach out.