When college freshmen move away from home for the first time, they aren’t the only ones who have to deal with a serious life adjustment. That’s why several colleges have started holding orientations for parents of new college students as well.
These special orientations are offered by more than 90 percent of the nation’s schools and they are just like the ones that their sons and daughters attend before the start of the new school year. They take place on-campus over a period of three to five days. They involve tours of the college and mixers with students, parents, staff and motivational speakers. They even include on-campus meals presumably so they can understand just the kind of sacrifice their students have to make to get a degree as well.
Campus officials from Boston College describe the orientation as a way to help parents learn to let go of their children when they go off to school. They urged them to give their children some space as they get settled into college and encouraged them not to call, text, email or even look at their Facebook pages so often to make both the parents and the students feel less anxious about their separation. They aren’t telling the parents not to be involved with their child’s life altogether. It’s more about reducing their fears and telling the parents just to be there for their kids when they need them and they will eventually.
So basically, they just need to be prepared to send them money and moral support when they max out the credit card or learn that they really don’t know how to hold their liquor.