Keep in touch. Phone call, texts and e-mails are great ways to keep in touch. But considering your child’s busy schedule, don’t count on (or be hurt by) a reply to every message.
Be a coach. Rather than trying to solve you child’s problems yourself, encourage them to use the appropriate campus resource: go to the health service or career center; or talk to an advisor, dean or tutor.
Be an anchor. Keep your child informed about changes at home, such as a younger sibling moving into their room, or a illness in the family or death of a pet. They need this from you in order to feel secure and maintain a sense of trust.
Ask about courses. Rather than focusing on grades, invite your child to share with you the discover of new ideas, academic interests and intellectual passions.
Send care packages. Treats, photographs, and everyday necessities are reminders that say, “I’m thinking of you.”
Doing these simple things will relay to them that you value their independence, that you are respect their time and that no matter what you are there for them and love them.