Encourage Self-Advocacy

One of the best ways to help your son or daughter transition into college is to encourage them to develop self-advocacy skills.

This means encouraging your college student to express his needs, ask for help, and engage in personal decision making. For an example, instead of making calls on behalf of your student, coach your son or daughter through the process so they can learn to ask for help and make decisions on their own.

As with anyone learning a new skill, there are bound to be mistakes your college student will make, but these are a natural and important part of development.