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Raymond Bonnett Reviews Tips for Sending a Child off to College

As someone who has recently sent his youngest son off to college at Florida Atlantic University, Raymond Bonnett knows a thing or two about the emotions that surround this huge step in the parent’s and their child’s lives.

Sending a child off to college is an emotional time for any parent. It’s one of those moments that really puts into perspective just how quickly time flies. The nostalgia of the moment is almost too much to bear sometimes, but having been through it before, Raymond Bonnett believes he can give some solid advice to fellow parents about coping with a college drop-off.

Perhaps some of the perspective on this subject that Ray carries with him today stems from his own role as a current college student in West Chester, Pa. Ray Bonnett is working to complete his MBA at West Chester University and anticipates finishing up his program by July 2018. By spending some recent time on the college campus in West Chester, Pa., Ray Bonnett not only can relate better to the college student of today, he also has had a chance to get an outside point of view on how other parents handle dropping off their children.

Through all he has seen and experienced, Raymond Bonnett offers the following tips for sending a child off to college:

Be Prepared

There’s usually a long checklist of things that need to be accomplished before your son or daughter are ready to leave for college. But in order to avoid the stress of last-minute changes or unexpected circumstances, it’s wise to prepare ahead of time and have as much done as you can as soon as you can. Preparing a child for college goes beyond just the shopping and packing that has to get done. It is also about having important discussions on topics of adulthood such as safety, responsibility, finances, and even life skills like cooking and laundry. Discussing the current financial situation and making a budget are also great for preparation.

Don’t Over-Parent

There is a such thing as over-parenting and it occurs when we don’t allow our children to solve problems that they are capable of handling on their own. Part of going to college is learning to be a problem solver and becoming more independent. It’s important to always listen to your children when they come to you for help, but don’t always automatically intervene and come to the rescue right away. There are many resources at most colleges and universities that help students cope with various issues and it might be a good idea to have a conversation about these resources and how to reach out to them in a time of need.

Have Faith in What You’ve Taught Them

Parents should take comfort in knowing that the values and morals they’ve instilled in their children will be carried with them throughout college and serve a watchdog of sorts. If you’ve raised your child on the foundation of honesty, respect, courage, and perseverance, they should be more than prepared to take on the world.

Raymond Bonnett wishes all parents sending a child off to college the best and wants them to know that they’re not alone and it doesn’t have to be as nerve-wracking as it may seem.