At every step in a child’s life, mom is there to impart wisdom and shape their child to be the best they can be. It seems daunting – all the things we need to teach our kids before they head off on their own. Thankfully, you don’t have to cram all the information you can possibly think of into their head before they leave.
Just a few simple strategies will help your child make the big leap to college – and adulthood.
Host a Family Gathering: Arrange and surprise them with a going away party or summer barbecue with close friends and loved ones in their honor before they leave.
Turn to the Word of God: The Bible is there for us in all of life’s changes, challenges, and struggles, so sharing some important verses with your child for encouragement will go far. There are great daily devotionals available online for college students and well as devotional books for students that make great going-away gifts as well.
Stay in Communication: While it’s important to value your child’s privacy as they learn to be on their own and make that big step into adulthood, being in communication with them during their first semester and letting your child know how much they are loved and how proud of them you are will be great encouragement. Even letting them vent about their college struggles, potential roommate issues, or a busy class or homework schedule will be a good outlet for them.
Pray with them: Just as the Bible is always there to guide and encourage us in life’s journey, never forget the importance of the power of prayer. This blog post about prayers of protection is a great inspiration for reaching out to God for his loving hand over your child in their time away.
If you are currently praying for a child or someone in your life to come back to faith, here is some additional encouragement!