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How Will Your Child Cope: Prevent Dropping Out or Burning Out

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When a child grows up and heads off to college, the last thing you want to do is to see that child struggle with the whole experience. After all, college is a whole new ball field and a new way of life (possibly in a new location, too). Your child will encounter new peers, discover a bit of independence and need for self-reliance; as well as, find a new rhythm with their classes, clubs, and extracurricular activities.

It is not an understatement to say that college can be overwhelming. And trying to do too much is only going to increase the pressure.

The best way to prevent your child from falling victim to all the stressors in college is to make sure he or she is prepared – and that you are, too.

  • Be realistic about college. It’s not going to be a breeze. Classes will be tough, bad decisions will be made, and not every professor is going to be nice. Remember this – and remind your student that everything is temporary.
  • Get involved. Encourage your student to get involved with clubs and activities on campus. Not only will the peer inclusion help keep spirits up, it will also provide an outlet from studies.
  • Stay healthy. Emphasize the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine while in college. Don’t forget to include sleep in this category, too. It is much needed and often overlooked by college students!
  • Offer your support. Your child may not want it or may think you won’t understand his or her struggles, but offering support, sending care packages, and offering guidance will not go unnoticed.

The key is to talk to your child often and act before the stress or burnout becomes too much.

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