- College life presents a new set of challenges
- Don’t ignore your child’s telephone calls or video chat invites
- Proper communication between you and your kid is the key
- Parents should find time for their children
As students gear up for another phase of their academic lives, parents across India, seem to be experiencing a certain sense of concern. Most often, the fear is pertaining to the chances of the child becoming a rebel, indulging in wrong company or even life-threatening habits.
There are a few ways by which parents could keep a tab on their child’s activities. These include:
- Talk, listen and discuss more
The key to any successful relationship is communication. Remember, your child has entered the ‘adult’ zone. They are likely to have their opinions or would love to share information about incidents that, in all likelihood, may not interest you. Nonetheless, hear your child out. Don’t be hesitant to discuss topics such as healthy physical relationships with the opposite gender or even about the fun at a disco. Remember, parents, are said to be a child’s first best friends.
- Ease the regime
- Be a friend among friends
One of the greatest highlights of college life is the expansion of one’s friend circle. This is primarily due to the fact, that, unlike school, college gives students an opportunity to chalk out their own paths in life.
After spending over eight hours together every day, your child’s friends are bound to become family. It is thus, important for parents to walk the line between friends and ‘parents of a friend.’ Don’t judge or criticize your child’s friends circle. Instead, try to interact with each of them and learn more about their backgrounds. You might be fortunate to meet other students, who would be genuinely fond of your child and would also be willing to assist you in the time of need.
- Be their pillar of strength, even during dark times
- Bid adieu to pressure
While parents often keep a tab on the peer pressure and its influence on the students’ behavior, they fail to assess the impacts of parental pressure. Strike a balance. It isn’t worth being obsessed about grades and percentiles if your child appears to be depressed and unhappy. After all, happiness is priceless!
- Make time
So, fear not. Let your child explore the big and not-so-bad world confidently!