As a student prepares to leave for college, parents generally fall into one of two categories: "My baby is leaving the nest and I'm really nervous!" and/or "We now have an empty nest; finally, some alone time!" As your child transitions from high school to college, it's common for parents to have worries about their young adult being on their own for the first time. Once your student leaves for college, it can become one of the most challenging times as a parent. Your college freshman will have plenty of newfound freedom and you won't be able to see him or her as often.You also have concerns about how your student is handling their freshman year being away from home for the first time, how settling in is going, and whether he or she is adjusting to college life. All of that is completely understandable; however, to allow your college kid to grow to his or her full potential as an individual, he or she may have to deal with some new and different situations during their college years without running to you (at least as a first option).Here are some tips on how to successfully parent your college student:
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