Did your son or daughter head out to begin college in September? Congratulations. Is he or she coming home for the first time soon? Plan ahead for a pleasant visit.
First, remember that your child has just embarked on that first big journey to becoming an independent person. And it’s likely that he or she has changed significantly in a short period of time. You’ve probably changed, too.
Your child will probably want to spend time visiting friends. Don’t be surprised, or feel rejected—this is normal behavior for a new college student. But it’s reasonable for you to expect your child to spend some quality time with you and your family, too. Try to be flexible during this first visit. Right now your son or daughter is shifting from childhood to adulthood, and your job to help gently nudge him or her toward independence while keeping the lines of communication and love flowing from home.
If your child tries to escape with his friends immediately, sit down and talk about how much it would mean to you to talk and visit during his or her time at home. Don’t make any demands—just be sincere in your request to spend some time together.
Your child is out in the world and needs a little space, but that shouldn’t mean that he or she disappears completely from your radar screen.
Hang in there, some of us at The Weimer Group have been in your shoes and we understand. For all of your PA Insurance needs and to discuss ways to save on your car insurance while your student is away at school, contact us today.