Step One

Build a Dorm Shopping List

You want to create a comfortable home away from home for your student without going overboard. The reality is they will move frequently during their time at college, so when it comes to dorm shopping, less is more.

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What to Know About Your College First Aid Kit

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Dorm Room Checklist of College Essentials

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A Practical Packing List of Things to Bring to College

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Step Two

Review Adulting & Financial Skills

Your student may think they’re ready for college, but just to make sure, there are some important adulting skills and financial tips to go over.

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What I Wish I Knew Before College

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Self-Care for Teenagers

Today’s teens face increased pressure in all aspects of their lives—from trying to “keep up” with their peers academically and

Adulting Skills for College Freshmen

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Money Management for Teenagers

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Career Services and Finding Your First Post-College Job

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Step Three

Fill out Legal Documents

You’ve made sure that their dorm room will look and feel comfortable and their snack stash is full. Before they fly the nest, there are a few very important documents to complete.

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FERPA Waiver and Other Legal Documents College Students Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

You’ve put down the enrollment deposit, completed the housing application, set up the necessary college bank account, and updated your

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Types of Insurance Your College Student Might Need

Insurance for everything, from any special equipment required for school to health insurance, can be a vital part of your

Step Four

Prepare for the Empty Nest

Your student isn’t the only one who will be adjusting to a new normal. As you transition from active parenting to the role of mentor, be sure to consider your own future as well.

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My Daughter Is Headed off to College Without Me… Or so She Thinks

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Child off to College? Reflection Can Help You Grow, but Don’t Get Stuck in the Past

Introspection at this point in life—when the kids are headed off to college, and we’re transitioning to an empty nest—is

How to Cope When Your College Kid Comes Home

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How Students and Parents Can Adjust to Freshman Year

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College Parents and Separation Anxiety

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Parenting: When Your Kids Are in College

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