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Helping your student face emotional difficulties: Resources for Parents

Although starting college is often a challenging transition for students to make, people sometimes overlook how difficult these changes can be for parents, as well.

Parents are expected to be strong and steady—a well of confidence and reassurance for their children. For many parents, however, there is an underlying uneasiness and deep lack of certainty during this time. The effort to manage these conflicted feelings can be emotionally exhausting and confusing.

One problem you will need navigate—and it’s, perhaps, the most difficult one—is how you can most effectively and meaningfully participate in your child’s college life without working against his or her developing independence and autonomy. The links on the left may provide you with some advice and assistance.

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Last Updated: 1/22/13