Year in the Life of a Freshman: November


Transition Issues

  • Excitement about Thanksgiving break
  • Talk about your expectations around family traditions & rituals
  • Registration for spring semester is coming up

Tips for Successful Parenting

Phone calls about low grades, difficult relationships or ruining a favorite t-shirt in the wash may be tough for you to hear, but none of them are the end of the world – yours or hers.  Be patient when you get those “nothing is going right and I hate this place” calls.  Your student needs a listening ear more than anything else.  Acknowledge her feelings and suggest ways in which she get help if she needs it.

It is vital that you talk about the expectations for the family rituals and traditions surrounding Thanksgiving and Winter holidays.  These holidays often center around long-held family celebrations that may now take on new challenges if your student must travel a significant distance from campus to home.  Be realistic about what is possible and invite him to be an active part of that conversation.


Author: Dane

Dane Anthony’s career in higher education spans 30 years on both public and private university campuses. In addition to serving as a faculty member, he has worked in the areas of Counseling, Residence Life & Housing, Student Health & Wellness, New Student & Parent Orientation, Parent Programming, and University Chaplaincy. Dane & his wife have 3 grown children and currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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