by Mindy Dalgarn, Ed.D.
Being the parent of a first-year college student can be tough. The days of knowing the whereabouts of your young adult child are a thing of the past. The schedule that was part of the weekly routine no longer exists. Unless you have another child in high school, there is no longer a reason to attend those Friday night athletic events, musical performances, or dance recitals. And if that’s not enough, the relationships you have with your spouse and those children who remain at home will change. A child leaving home is an event that changes family dynamics.
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