Not all phone calls are the same.
We have so many ways to communicate with our college students these days that phone calls may be less frequent. According to Barbara Hofer, author of the book The iConnected Parent, parents and students communicate an average of 13.4 times per week – but that didn’t include texting! Many students and parents text each other anywhere from several times per day to once a week or so.
As long as both you and your student are comfortable and agree on the amount, occasional check-ins are good for all of us.
With the ease and immediacy of texting, phone calls (or Zoom, Facetime or Skype) with our students have become more rare. They take more effort and coordination and involve more extended conversations. But sometimes, there’s nothing like hearing the other person’s voice.