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Tips for Parents

Thank you to all the parents and students who wrote all of the following articles for our site!

- Parents’ Guide to a Worry-Free Semester
Explains many reasons why parents should not be overly anxious about having a child away at college. Written by college student Caitlin Fahey.

- The Game of Survivor
Anne Tyra discusses her experiences as a parent whose oldest son recently started college. Including typical worries of how well the child will handle the responsibilities of life away from home.

- Common College Housing Mistakes
Shannon Bennett is currently a college student. Her article discusses housing on and off campus, miss-information, living with close friends, and other items college parents should be aware of.

- Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Karen Walasek provides entertaining accounts of her experiences as a parent of an out-of-state college student. Humorous article for college parents, which also includes valuable insights.

- To Text or Not to Text
College parent, Tina M. Radcliffe has written an entertaining and informative article about contacting your college student. The article discusses text messaging, and gives parents great tips, lingo, and etiquette regarding text messaging.

- How to prevent your child from being sucked into the “I’m independent! I can do whatever I want!” phase
College sophomore, Jen Danowitz discusses what often happens with college students who are newly 'free' from parental oversight. She also covers steps parents can take to establish and maintain open and supportive communication with their college student.

- The Grass is Fresher on the Other Side
This article presents an inside view of contemporary campus life and the social scene at colleges, written by college freshman Kimberly Tran.

- Don’t Be Surprised – Read the Fine Print
College Parent, Patti McKenna provides an informative story about unexpected expenses and liabilities when a student is away at college.

- Excitement, Anxiety and Everything In Between
Susan Smith, has four children, one has a masters degree, one is working on their masters, one is in a college Junior, and one is a high school senior. She discuss the decision making process which both parents and their children go through when selecting which college to attend. Susan describes how each of her children made their decisions, and how she involved herself in the process.

- My Advice To College Parents
Fran Gragg is the coordinator of the parents association of a major university in the Midwest.
Ms. Gragg submitted this piece to us, which offers some great advice for college parents.

- School’s Out For Summer
College Parent Tina Radcliffe gives some great tips and advice about handling the transition of having a college student returning home for the summer break.

-A Prescription for College Health
Tina M. Radcliffe is a former R.N. with two students attending out-of-state colleges.
Tina provides some useful information regarding planning ahead to help ensure a more healthy college experience for your college student.

-Top 5 Comfort Traps First Year Students Face
Newly graduated college student Shannon Bennett offers some great insights and thoughts about common pitfalls and other issues that many college freshmen face during their first year at college.

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