Counseling Guide for Parents
The transition to college life can be difficult for not only the student but for the parent as well.
How can you Help?
- Stay in Touch - Let them learn from their own decisions but provide support during difficult times. Your student will get homesick at some point. Encourage them to stay on campus to develop their independence.
- Let your student bring up topics - Don’t keep asking them questions about what time they got up for class or how late did you stay out last night?
- Be realistic about their academic progress - Just because your student was successful in high school does not mean they will be a straight-A student in college. Students will need to learn how to master the material. Encourage them to utilize campus resources such as tutoring, disability services or advising.
Things to Remember
- Not only is the student transitioning to college life, you are too! Don’t forget to take time for yourself.
- Talk with your student if you notice changes in their behavior, attitude or emotional stability.
- It is normal to feel anxious or excited about your child leaving home. These types of emotions are to be expected.
- Be proud of yourself. Your child attending college is an important step in their development.
Scope of Services
Counseling Services are able to assist students with short-term concerns. If your student has previously been hospitalized or was in psychotherapy before coming to Blinn, our services will not be an appropriate substitute. We can provide referrals for local agencies and mental health professionals. If you are unsure, please call the Counseling office to discuss the situation.
If your student is a client of counseling services at Blinn, state laws prohibit us from discussing the student in any way without their written consent. This applies whether or not you have referred the student to our services.