The College Send-Off

Summer creeps away too quickly. Tic toc tic toc. As July slides into August, it’s our college students who will return to their scholastic homes first. And if you’re a first time college parent, you may be freaking out a little right now. Sending the little ones off into the world is a major life marker. I don’t want to add another thing to your to-do list, but it’s about their health. Before we send them out the door, let’s encourage our kids to pay attention to their mental and physical health while they’re away from home.

College isn’t easy. There are many outside factors that could lead to behaviour that can cause a lot of stress. When I was in college, I adopted some not-so-healthy studying habits. I would usually procrastinate before a paper or an exam. Then, the night before the due date, I’d go to the local convenience store and buy multiple cans of Mountain Dew and a cola (which is thankfully no longer on the market) called Jolt. Their slogan was “All the sugar, twice the caffeine.” I would drink loads of corn syrup and caffeine, stay up all night, hobble into class, make it through, hobble home, and sleep for days. This lifestyle was not sustainable, and I had to get sick a few times until I understood this. Sometimes we have to remind our young adults to slow down and moderate.

We must also remember that when our children fall ill under our roof, we have it taken care of. It can be anxiety inducing to think of our little gal or guy alone in a dorm room, coughing and hacking into the oblivion. It’s OK. Want to know why? Because it’s 2019. The internet can do it all. Your son needs a doctor? There’s an app for that! But what if my daughter has no food in the house? There’s an app for that too! It has never been easier to be sick and alone. I think that’s the sole reason Netflix was invented.

Before you drop off little Jenny or Josh Jr. at their new home for the next 9 months, remind them to take care of themselves and listen to their bodies. If they’re tired, they should sleep. If they are hungry, they should eat. If they feel like something is wrong, they should seek help. And of course, if they have any questions, they can always call home.

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