Just because your teen has left for college doesn’t mean they’ve got it all figured out.
Great SAT scores and admission to the college of their choice only means that they are ready to climb the next hill. But it is an unknown hill, fraught with challenges they have yet to master. Sometimes we forget that just because a bright young-adult has left home, they still might needing some guidance and support.
When you check in with your teen at college, be sure to listen for clues regarding their mental health. Are they happy? Are they eating healthfully, or are they under-eating or binging? Are they sleeping, or burning the candle on both ends? Are they abusing substances? Are they spending time with quality friends, or are they isolating, or getting in with a bad crowd?
Yes, college is a time to let them learn from their mistakes and not hover. However, you also want to be on the lookout for signs that they need your help. Pay attention when they call or visit to noticing their current level of peace and contentment. Observe their routine over spring break. Consider whether they could use a check-in visit with a therapist or coach to help them finish the semester strong, and plan for their return home for the summer.
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