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Taking Care of Yourself
Your feelings about the separation may be different than your spouse's but both of you are experiencing a major life change.
Share your feelings with other experienced parents, partners, friends...anyone who will listen.
Take up a new hobby... take a vacation after your student leaves home...read a book...get physical...do something for you!
Anticipate what separation from your student will be like BEFORE that day.
Say good-bye before you even get to the dorm so the moment doesn't seem rushed and you can say what you want to say.
Brace yourself for the changing of majors...the average is 3 - just so you know!
Be prepared to hate seeing your student's room so clean.
Knowledge is Empowering
Introduce yourself to
, hall directors, anyone wearing an EKU nametag that has contact with your student. residence hall advisors Be aware of campus resources so you can recommend one to your student if needed. The
is able to discuss these resources with you. Office of Student Affairs Read the
so you know university policies and resources. EKU student handbook Know a roommate's/friend's name and the names of their parents so you can reach out to your students support network.
Stay Connected: For You and for Your Student
Communicate: Discuss ahead of time how you will communicate regularly with your student (e-mail, phone, letters, etc.).
Find your best calling night (usually a Sunday) to talk with your student.
Send letters, texts, emails to your student about high school news, sports, and hometown trivia.
Making and sending care packages that are really personal can be so much fun - like playing Santa (and often leads to a social gathering in your student's room).
Don't be shy in communicating how much you miss your son or daughter but do refrain from emotionally unloading.
If at all possible, attend
, sponsored by Family Weekend . EKU Parent and Family Programs Discuss good times for school visits...homecoming, basketball games, etc... and plan them.
Celebrate and Remember this Milestone: For Everyone
Identify a ritual/ceremony that celebrates this rite of passage for your student and your family. An intimate visit to a favorite family vacation spot, a family party, or even a large neighborhood block party are some examples.
Save the e-mails and bind them for that graduation party.
Take lots of pictures...of their roommates...friends...packing...etc.
Write a letter before they go off to school about how you feel about them, their leaving, their accomplishments, them growing up.