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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It's show time in our home. We've spent 18+ years guiding, instructing, nurturing, disciplining, helping and loving our young son. Now it's time to see how it all will evolve. He's a freshman in college and away from home. Many questions arise: will he make it; will he make himself proud; did we do the right preparation? So many doubts.
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    I teach A LOT of Freshmen. If there was any advice I could give you is: don't let him take too many credits, don't sign-up for early morning courses (not for the first year), listen to the little things - meaning if he says that a professor is mean or that he's hanging out with a girl a lot...there's always more to it than what he's telling you. Mean professor usually means the class isn't going well. Nothing you can do about the teacher, it's all on the student.

    There are so many times students will come in for lessons (I teach music) and before playing the first note they fall into tears. During the Freshman years there are many lessons where not a note is played and it's more like a therapy session. Top issues on the list?
    1- relationships (both romantic and friendship)
    2- Struggling with demands of college work - it is MUCH harder than high school and they expect you to already know how to study, take notes, and write well.
    3- money
    4- Homesick! And they will NEVER admit it to you!

    You can only be there to listen for most of it. However, a couple months in, send a care package to remind them that you love them, you are there for them, and that they can always come home!

    Wow...that was long.
    1902 days ago
    Bill, he will be alright. There will be ups and downs, but he will learn what life is all about. We went through that about 10 years ago. Our son is still working at the same company.
    Your son will be fine. Just support and love him.
    1902 days ago
    I get to deal with that next year. Any words of wisdom!?!? He will survive. He will make himself and his parents proud !
    1908 days ago
    I'm sure you have done an amazing job raising your son and being an example of what a hard working man looks like. Trust in yourself and the guidance you have given him. He knows what is right and will ultimately make the right decisions and become a great man just like his dad. He will make stupid mistakes (as we all do) but he will have fun and learn from them. I don't have kids so I can't even put myself in your shoes but I do remember how hard it was for my dad to let go.
    1908 days ago
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