As a parent, I know it is so difficult to watch our children suffer and feel powerless to fix it.
Suffering in college is inevitable, and it is a necessary ingredient of the alchemy that transforms adolescents into responsible adults. Negative emotions, drunkenness, being away from home for the first time, organizing a new schedule, intake of adequate nutrition, meeting a new friend group, figuring out sex and safety, getting oriented to a new city and constant stimulation from never being alone are just a few of the pressures on your child. They are going to handle things in a way that will cause you worry because you probably forgot that you were once an amateur too. What is a parent to do? Below, I've combined the best tried and true suggestions to help you and your child manage the growing pains of college life.