Maintain regular communication
It is important for the students to become more independent and begin making adult decisions. However, it is also crucial for him/her to know that you are still available for support. They need you to discuss both difficult issues and normal life occurrences. Email is a great way to keep in touch, but a written message may not convey a complete picture of how your child is really doing. Try to talk on the phone occasionally, too, so you can hear how your child sounds.
Allow the student to structure some of your conversations
While it is good for you to show an interest in their classes, grades, friendships, etc., your student is more likely to ask for the help or support that they need if there is room in the conversation to do so.
Have realistic academic expectations
Adjusting to university life is a difficult transition, and this may at times be reflected in a student’s academic performance. Not every “A” student in high school will be an “A” student in college. Be supportive and focus on your son or daughter’s development, rather than performance, as long as they are meeting the basic academic requirements.
Know where to call if you need help
If your student does experience difficulties, encourage him or her to take advantage of the many resources available to Niagara students by emphasizing that it is not only okay, but a sign of strength, to recognize problems early and to seek assistance in handling them constructively.