You can't believe the moment is here: Your baby is about to graduate from high school. How did the time go by so quickly? Before your child leaves for college, you still have a few months of one-on-one time with him. Make the most of these months before the nest is empty by giving your child the information and support he needs to confidently spread his wings in college.
Here are five important parent-child discussions to have with your high school grad before he leaves for college.
- Have an honest talk about drugs and alcohol. As I wrote about recently, I support the way one mom I interviewed in the past reminded her son about the perils of using drugs and alcohol, and reiterated the legal ramifications. Then she told him that if he were to use alcohol or drugs, to call her, anytime, and she would respond, no questions asked. It is important that your child know the potential pitfalls of drugs and alcohol, but also that he knows you will always be a safe place he can turn to and trust in times of trouble.
Some of these discussions may be more difficult for you and your high school grad than others, but if you use my Empathic Process, it will help ensure you are each active participants in the conversation, with accountability. The important thing at this point in both of your lives is to keep the lines of communication open. Continue talking with your child; the more he feels he can count on you to be there while he's away, the more likely he might be to continue making smarter decisions on his own.
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