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Leaving the Nest – Preparing Your Child for College Life

by Heather

Going to college is one of the most important milestones in both a child and parent’s life. Not only is it a fantastic academic achievement, it also marks the start of their young adult life. So, if you’re a mom who’s soon to be waving your kid off to college, then you’re probably experiencing a wide range of emotions right now. It’s one of those bittersweet moments that’s filled with laughter, pride, as well as plenty of tears.

When our kids leave home for the first time, you may feel that they’re abandoning you forever and that they’ll no longer need you once they get to college. Well, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Ask any mom whose child has left home, and the majority will tell you that no matter how old they get, children always need their mothers. So, keeping in mind how difficult this transition can be for both parent and child, we’re going to show you how you can make the very best of this most special of milestones.

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Fresher’s Cookbook

We all know that freshmen have a tendency to not look after themselves very well. So, unless you want to end up being your kid’s own personal take-out service, do yourself a favor and slip a recipe book in their bag. There are loads of recipe books on the market that are aimed specifically at students. They tend to focus on quick and filling dishes, which are easy to make and use ingredients that are affordable on a student budget.

Funky Furniture

If your child is feeling a little anxious about going off to college, we have a little tip to help alleviate their fears. In the majority of cases, their trepidation is little more than simply fear of the unknown. So, take a trip to the college, let them familiarize themselves with their accommodation and new surroundings. Add a few personal pieces of dorm furniture, such as a bean bag chair or a funky retro stool, to help them feel a little more at home. The key is to have fun – then once they begin to relax, they’ll soon see that there’s nothing to be scared of.

Reminders of Home

Chances are that your kid is going to get a little homesick in the first few weeks, especially if they’ve never really been away from home. Pack one or two keepsakes in their bag, but nothing that’s going to embarrass them. A family photo would do the trick. But if you’re the creative type, you may want to embroider ‘Home is Where the Heart Is’ on a pillow, or paint a ‘Home Sweet Home’ sign. This will help their dorm room to feel a little more personalized, and they’ve always got a reminder of home comforts, if ever they should need it.

Home Sweet Home

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Don’t worry moms, because we can guarantee that the nest won’t stay empty for long. As soon as your kid runs out of clean clothes, or they want a decent home-cooked meal, they’ll be knocking at the front door. So, why not make the most of the peace and quiet while you can? After all, don’t you deserve it?

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lindamanns December 29, 2014 - 8:14 am

It is so hard when your kids leave home for the first time. It is an aweful feeling especially for mothers. These are some great suggestions for preparing them for college. Thank you for sharing

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