Parent and Family Connection

Preparing for college when my student has a disability

Posted by on July 6, 2023

Most college students can just show up on move-in day, attend orientation, and settle in without a hitch. However, for students with disabilities, including chronic health or mental health conditions, or physical or learning challenges, the process of transitioning to college should begin well before moving in.

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Check in on your student’s mental health and well-being

Posted by on June 27, 2023

Over the summer is a good time to check in on your student’s mental health and well-being. Did you know that, according to the 2023 Missouri Assessment of College Health Behaviors, almost 30% of surveyed S&T students identify with a sexual orientation other than heterosexual?

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On the path to purpose

Posted by on May 23, 2023

Your young adult may be on a path to finding their purpose in life, or they may feel completely lost and unsure of what to do. You’ve laid the groundwork. As young as elementary school you’ve likely asked your child, what do you want to be when you grow up? You may have had conversations […]

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Welcome home for the summer! Here are the ground rules.

Posted by on May 10, 2023

My husband and I have been empty nesters for almost a year now. While it certainly took us a while to get used to the deafening silence, and the aches in our hearts, we adjusted rather quickly to the many benefits: lower grocery bills, and less laundry, cooking, cleaning, and nagging. We’ve eased into a […]

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Motivational help needed? Here are some words of wisdom!

Posted by on May 3, 2023

It is quite possible that your student could use some encouraging words as they face the semester ending with the busyness of project deadlines, final exams, and moving out. Don’t worry, your student is not alone and we have all been there. Whether they have failed a class, didn’t do well on a test, or just missed home, it can be difficult to have extra motivation as the semester ends. Here are some motivational and inspiring quotes to share with your student when they are feeling the extra stress.

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Helping your student as the semester ends

Posted by on April 26, 2023

The end of the semester is near and your college student may be feeling stressed. You wish you could help. Or perhaps it’s nearing the end of the semester and your college student is just a bit too relaxed about the urgency of the work that still needs to be done. You wish you could light a little fire under them.
In either of these cases, as a college parent, you may wonder what you can do to help your student cope with all that the end of a semester involves. The truth is that you are limited in what you can do to help — but that doesn’t mean that you can’t help in several important ways.

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Sleep and the college student

Posted by on April 18, 2023

As a therapist, I talk about sleep – a lot. One of the things I ask my clients about at our first appointment, and a topic we return to during most future appointments, is sleeping patterns. Are they having trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep? How many hours do they average per night? Sleep is crucial […]

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Take “self-management” with you – leave the parents’ at home!

Posted by on April 11, 2023

Teens leaving high school for college, career, the military, or any other endeavor must take their self-management with them—not their parents’! In many cases, they face changes in rules or situations where the rules are not so clear. The ability to overcome obstacles, reach their goals, and make wise, non-impulsive decisions are crucial to not only their personal growth but their opportunities for a successful life. Even though you may no longer be living in the same household as your young adult, there are still ways you can support their self-management from afar.

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Does Your Student Have an Advisory Board?

Posted by on April 4, 2023

Most college students crave independence. It’s what the teenage years are all about, and as students head off to college, they have an opportunity to spread their wings and exercise that independence. It’s an important stage of development (although it’s sometimes a difficult time for parents.) So, what’s the problem? For many students, the problem […]

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Making Spring Break safe and fun

Posted by on March 21, 2023

In mid-March, thousands of college students leave their schools to take a break from their studies. During a traditional Spring Break experience, students travel to warmer locations such as Florida and Texas to blow off steam and relax. Parents often worry about their students joining thousands of others in resort locations with little supervision. There are risks associated with attending Spring Break, but there are also ways to minimize the risks and anxiety.

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