How To Prepare Your Child For Uni? | Pip Milburn
Every single parent around the country both dreads and looks forward to the day that their child goes to university. It’s not that they don’t want them to go; it’s the idea that they will be living away from them that hurts their heart. It’s a time of feeling pride and excitement mixed in with fear and the unknown, so all parents everywhere need to consider how they can best prepare their child for what’s ahead. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a checklist of things to do to get your teenager ready for what may be the very best years of their life.
- Start by heading out to open days of universities that your teenager is interested in attending. Get to know what available trips for college students appear in each course and talk through the options. Starting with a tour is a good idea, so that they can meet the lecturers and see the campus.
- Once the time comes and your teen has got into their preferred choice, go and view the halls of residence and tour the local area. It’ll help them to get to know where to go and what to expect locally.
- Housework bootcamp! Ideally, your 18 year old already knows how to wash their clothes and cook basic meals, but if not, the summer before it begins is where you need to put on your own housework bootcamp. Get them up to scratch and ready to live independently of you.
- Talk about money. Student finance doesn’t stretch very far, and if you are unable to add support, then they need to think about getting a job. They need to manage their own money, but you can talk them through how to do that the best way.
- Go on a trolley dash around a supermarket. Your teen is going to need cooking supplies, technology, a stationery and battery box and everything possible to be safe. Add a first aid kit, scissors and painkillers to the box so that they have what they need in an emergency.
- Get them to pack some decor for their bedroom. Uni can be a home away from home if they want it to be. Posters and bed sheets that are personal to your teenager can make the room look nice as well as serve to remind them that they come from a happy home.
- Don’t be a helicopter. On moving day, don’t hang around too long and know when to leave. Ask them if they want you to stay, of course, but don’t hover too much. Now is the time to spread their wings!
- Listen to their fears and ease them. Let them know you’re always at the end of the telephone no matter what time of day or night it is and you’ll be able to reassure them that you’re there for them.
- Breathe. It’s a big step, a new start, and everyone is going to be nervous. Remind them of this.
*This post is a collaboration.