When I began blogging six years ago I never would have believed that one day my writing would be featured on one of my favorite parenting blogs: The Washington Post’s On Parenting. It is an honor and a dream come true to see my name on the page. (I’m still pinching myself!)
Parents of soon-to-be college freshmen, this one’s for you. Preparing your kids for college is no easy feat. The summer before college drop-off is often filled with drama and emotion. Even the most easy-going child can turn into an alien so they can begin the process of pulling away. As a mom who’s been there, done that, twice – here are my tips to help you navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of summer. With love, laughter, patience, and yes, biting your tongue the summer before they leave can be a time of joy and creating new memories.
This is what worked for me. Hope it works for you too…
When my oldest child was applying to college, I asked him to pick a school in a big city with warm weather, because I planned on going with him. I meant it as a joke.
I think he took me seriously, though, because he chose a school in a small town, in the middle of nowhere, far away from me and his suburban upbringing in California. And at the time, there was neither a Starbucks nor a J. Crew in sight in Hanover, N.H. — which he and I both knew meant that I wouldn’t be either, except for visits.
He received notice of an early decision acceptance the second week of December, before school broke for the holidays, and after it came, I didn’t have a clue what to do. The only thing I knew was that at some point during the summer my son and I would be making a pilgrimage to Bed Bath & Beyond to stock up for his new life out of the nest.