The transition from high school to college is one to remember. It’s a time of development, new experiences, and true independence that we all long for as a kid. Still, while this stage of life is certainly exciting, it can definitely be stressful too. Luckily, your teen doesn’t have to take on this shift alone. As their parent, you’re there to help! Follow these four tips to learn how.
As you probably already know, college is a new stage of development in life that typically brings periods of high-stress. Between new surroundings, being independent for the first time, a higher education, and planning your future, there is no denying that college can be extremely overwhelming at times.
Knowing this, it’s important that you take some time to communicate with your teen and warn them about the anxiety that many college students commonly endure during this time. Remind them that if and when these feelings arise, they are not alone.
Although high stress isn’t something that’s okay to overlook, it’s imperative that your child knows that having anxiety is totally normal to experience throughout this stage in their life. Having this discussion will allow them to validate their own feelings when they inevitably begin to experience stressful times and therefore make their transition to college much smoother.
For additional support regarding stress management, check out this guide for college students.
2. Encourage Healthy Skincare Habits
With a changing environment, added stress, change in diet, and all the other aspects of college life, your teen will likely start to notice changes in their skin—especially if they don’t actively care for it. Even if your teen has had flawless skin throughout their whole life, the factors that come with the college experience can lead to a variety of skincare concerns. Testimonials from college students suggest that acne is a major concern.
For this reason, try to encourage your teen to begin adopting healthy skincare habits as they transition from high school to college. Staying consistent with a morning and nightly skincare routine during their freshman year is usually effective in combating existing zits and preventing future breakouts from occurring.
Sometimes, however, performing these regimens daily doesn’t always cut it. In this case, your teen may need some additional assistance in finding the right products to use on their skin. If this condition does become or remain apparent to your child, be sure to help them in finding a customizable acne product designed to treat teen acne. Doing this will make it easier for them to treat problem areas more easily and get faster results.
An issue like acne can have an extremely negative impact on one’s self-esteem and if they’re just experiencing it for the first time during this stage of their life, their self-image is bound to be altered in an unfavorable way. So, by encouraging healthy skincare habits now, and offering your assistance in times of need, you’ll not only be able to help them protect their skin properly, but also their self-confidence while they’re away.
Even if you have all the college textbooks you need as well as other college course materials, these factors aren’t simply enough to get you by. Part of attending college means learning how to “adult” for yourself. Whether that means learning good time management skills, organizational habits, or how to keep your well-being in check, there is a lot that transpires for young adults after they arrive on campus.
Although the path to adulting can be exciting, it can also be overwhelming if you’re just starting out in the real world. Luckily, there are a variety of support services available on most college campuses that offer teens additional information on everything from mental health to academic success. As their parent, it’s your job to advocate for these campus resources in a way that encourages your teen to feel empowered about growing up and being independent.
Still, there is a fine line between advocating for campus resources and forcing them onto your teen. While it may be beneficial for your child to utilize these resources throughout their college experience, at the end of the day, it’s ultimately up to them to seek out assistance if and when it’s needed. Instead of forcing them to utilize these tools, try to show support by suggesting different ways they can take advantage of the resources offered to them on campus.
Above all, be sure not to hover throughout your teen’s transition to college. It may be tempting to double-check or even triple-check that they have everything they need with them before they go, but at the end of your day, it’s not your responsibility anymore, it’s theirs. And once they’ve officially arrived on campus, what happens next is truly out of your hands.
Entering into the college chapter of one’s life can certainly be scary, especially for all you parents out there, but it’s important to take each step in stride as you prepare for the experience ahead.
How Help Your Teen Transition to College
Remember that growing up means learning life lessons, and that mistakes are bound to happen over the course of these next few years. And that’s okay!
In the same way these lessons and mistakes have helped shape you into the person and the parent you are today, the same holds true for your teen. Allow yourself to release pressure off yourself as the parental guardian of your teen and let life unfold the way it’s meant to for them.