Spring break is a time for your children to relax and have a break after a stressful week of midterms. Students look forward all semester to the opportunity to unplug and separate themselves from academics for a whole week. The following tips are designed to help you support your college age “kid” at a distance this spring break.
Don’t call them every hour asking what they are doing, if they are safe, or to remind them to text you whenever they change locations. Instead, just ask them to keep you updated occasionally throughout the week. For example: “Enjoy your trip! I can’t wait to hear about all the fun you have. Keep me updated once and a while. Love you!”
Ask them for their friend’s numbers in case there is an emergency, but don’t text them about anything unless your child has been MIA for a significant amount of time. If they don’t text you back for a few hours, or even a day, don’t freak out! It is common for students to not be on their phones very much during spring break.
Remind your student about the buddy system. This seems obvious to parents, but it isn’t always the first thing on students minds when on vacation. Tell your students to make sure they share their location on their smartphone with their friends. You can also ask them to share their location with you. If they do share their location with you, don’t worry yourself by tracking their every move. Remember, this is for emergency situations only. If your student doesn’t want to share their location with you, you could offer a compromise to only have them share their location for the week of spring break.
Before your student leaves for their trip, gently make sure they are aware of the importance of keeping their personal belongings close to them at all times. This means that they should not leave items like their phone and wallet unattended at any time during their trip. Losing personal items can ruin a trip, so ensuring that your student is aware of their personal item’s safety by reminding them before the trip will greatly reduce this risk.
Do some research about where they are going. You can suggest restaurants, shops, and nightlife that have good reviews and are in reportedly safe areas. This can bring you some peace of mind as well as some brownie points with your student because it shows them that you want them to have fun.
Remember, your students are smart, resourceful, and are capable of looking after themselves, after all, they go to UGA! Do you have any other tips that you feel like I missed? Comment below and sign up for bi-weekly newsletters for more great articles!