Congratulations! Your son or daughter is embarking on an exciting new step as he or she attends college. You are entering a new phase of the incredibly complicated job that is parenting.
Most parents understand that college is a time to allow their college students to become more independent and solve more problems on their own. However, it is not a time to relinquish all parental influence. Parents remain a vital resource in helping college students adjust and mature.
An important topic for parents to address with their college student is alcohol/drug issues. First semester freshmen are especially vulnerable to high-risk alcohol choices and negative consequences from such choices, including low academic performance and the increased risk of sexual assault or pregnancy.
Parents can influence their college students’ choices by increasing their awareness of alcohol issues, maintaining communication, and discussing the tough issues likely to impact the transition to college life.