Tips for Parents: Staying Involved

  • Get involved in your child's educational experiences.

  • Stay abreast of your child's schedule and courses and ask how things are going.

  • Attend campus events when you're invited.

  • When your child needs help, encourage her or him to contact their adviser.

  • Allow your child to choose courses, decide how to spend time and learn to study. Don't expect perfection!

  • Encourage your child to study abroad, participate in service-learning projects or attend social events, lectures or concerts outside his/her normal interests. A college campus provides students a safe way to step outside comfort zones and interact with other cultures and ideas. College can be a mind-opening experience!

  • Resist the urge to be in touch daily. Allow your child to initiate the contact and trust that things are going well.

Last Updated: May 14, 2013

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