I’m here to tell you that no matter what cards you were dealt in life; you are in complete control over how you feel. You already have the power within you to go from feeling bad about yourself to feeling good. I’m not saying it’s easy, I’m saying it’s possible. One guaranteed way to feel better about you is to make a promise to yourself and carry out that promise.
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.