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Homesick to Happy

Every parent dreads the teary phone call that begins, “Mom, I want to come home.” Of course our immediate reaction is to swoop in and save them, but this won’t help long term. The truth is, even if they come home, it won’t be the same because others are also in a new phase of life.

It’s normal for the excitement of college to wear off at this point in the semester as the academic grind takes shape. Your student’s lack of privacy may impact their ability to recharge and relax like they did at home, and this can take a toll on their mind and body. Learning to function and take care of themselves without their support system nearby is a struggle, but there are a few things parents can encourage their student to do before they pack them up: