As September rapidly approaches, it won’t be long before the kids are heading back to school. For some parents, this might mean your little one’s very first day of kindergarten. For others, your teen might finally be leaving the nest and heading off to university. Either way, it’s an emotional time! If your child is heading off to university for the first time and will be moving into university residences, here are a few things you can do to help them settle in.
Help to plan the move
A good way to show your support of your child moving away to university is to help them plan their move. Decide which day you are going to help them move down and book the time off work if needed. Confirm any necessary arrangements with the university. It will also be beneficial to help your child write a packing list, to ensure they will have everything they need. The number of items they need may depend on whether they will be residing on-campus or in an off-campus apartment.
Shop for new items together
Help your child get excited about their new home by taking them shopping for their essential items. Allowing them to pick out their bedding, towels, kitchen equipment, and other home items will give them a sense of independence and will help them to better visualize life away from home.
Send a care package
A few special items from home will be very well-received! After the initial excitement of frosh week and the first few weeks of classes, your child may be getting a little bit homesick. Now would be a good time to send them a few reminders of home, such as some of their favourite foods.
Give your child some space
Your child is going to be busy settling into their new life at university! If they aren’t calling you every day, that’s OK. Not only will they be busy with classes and schoolwork, but making new friends and learning their way around campus will also keep them distracted! Your child is learning to be independent so a little breathing space is important.
Be prepared to offer extra support
Equally, there may be times when your child gets a little homesick or needs some extra support. It may be due to the increasingly heavy workload or a lower-than-expected test score, but your child will be bound to reach out to you for compassion, understanding, and advice. Make sure that you listen to them and offer support.
When you go to visit, be aware of their space
Your child is now an adult. They have been living independently for some time and have become used to making their own rules. Their university is their space to be themselves and explore their newfound freedom. Be respectful of their independence and allow them the room to grow. They will thank you for it!
We understand that change can be difficult. Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Ottawa area, our team can help guide you seamlessly through the process. Ready to take the plunge and change your home? Don’t hesitate to give our experienced team at Royal LePage Performance Realty a call.