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How to Support Your Out-of-State College Kid
| by Pauline Flores

How to Handle “Out-of-State”

Some students choose to go to a college that is a relatively short drive from home, but others fly far away from the nest. Yes, your child will experience homesickness. It can be especially hard for out-of-state students knowing that their family is hundreds (or even thousands) of miles away.

Supporting your out-of-state college kid can be as easy as sending a simple text once a week asking how they’re doing. You can also send pictures of family pets to paint a guaranteed smile on your kid’s face. Occasionally, you can even do a phone or Skype call to have a more personal interaction with your kid.

While communication is a great way to support your long distance college kid, it’s important to make sure that you’re not being a “helicopter” parent by constantly hovering around your child. Remember, college is the time for your child to grow as a person. Being away from home teaches first-time college students how to be self-reliant, independent adults in the future.

Send Your Love

One great way to support your out-of-state college kid without being too overbearing is by sending them college care packages. Care packages could be filled with anything from snacks to socks.  Not only would a care package remind your child how much you love them, but the element of surprise is part of the experience.

Sending a care package is sure to make your child’s day and motivate him or her to kill it in college! The unexpected surprise of receiving a package from a loved one is unlike anything else. This is especially true for when college students facing stress from midterms. Your long distance college kid will easily feel at home once again.

 

fygböx - The college care package, elevated

 

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