As children head off to college this fall, Harlan Cohen, author of The New York Times college guide “The Naked Roommate,” has some tips to help always-accessible parents who are more part of their children's college experiences than previous generations.
Use the 24-hour rule. Before getting wrapped up in fixing your child's problem, give it a day. Most problems will resolve themselves.
Learn to text. It's the best way to get in touch with your college student and the best bet for getting a quick response.
Homesickness is normal. Surprisingly, the solution is not at home. Parents should encourage their child to get involved in campus life and remind them of a date when they will see their family again.
You don't have to let go — just loosen your grip. Let your child know that you're there if he or she needs you. But remember that students need to be given space to create their own life in college.