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My daughter is heading off to college - maintaining a close relationship

As a parent, watching your daughter embark on her college journey can be both exciting and bittersweet. While distance may separate you physically, there are numerous ways to nurture and strengthen your bond during this transitional period.

Communication is Key: Maintain open lines of communication through regular phone calls, Facetime, text messages, or just sending funny reels and TikTok videos to one another. Schedule weekly check-ins to catch up on each other's lives and share experiences. Encourage her to talk about her classes, new friends, and campus life, while sharing updates about your own day-to-day life back home.

Create Shared Rituals: Establish traditions that you can continue even from a distance. This could include sending each other daily messages, watching a favorite TV show or setting aside time to have Sunday family dinners virtually. This is a great way to maintain a sense of closeness between you and your daughter.

Support Her Independence: It can be hard to watch your babygirl turn into an adult and navigate college with her newfound independence. While it's natural to miss your daughter, encourage her to make new friends and embrace new opportunities. Show your support for her decisions and achievements, whether it's joining a social club, sorority, finding an intership, pursuing a passion, or taking on leadership roles. Being her cheerleader from afar will strengthen her confidence and sense of self.

Plan Visits and Stay Connected: Coordinate visits to her campus when possible, whether it's for family weekends, holidays, or special events. For Homecoming events at an HBCU, you can also coordinate with other parents to have activities, so your daughter maintains some independence while you're there. Additionally, send self-care packages filled with her favorite snacks, handwritten notes, beauty products, or small reminders of home to let her know you're thinking of her.

By prioritizing communication, creating shared rituals, supporting her independence, and planning visits, you can keep your bond strong as your daughter navigates this exciting chapter in her life. Remember to nurture your relationship with love and understanding.


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