Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished suggests healthy ways for parents to stay in touch with their college-bound child.

Do: Schedule a weekly phone call and stick to it.
Don’t: Rely on Facebook and Twitter.

While your child is away at college, it can be very difficult for both the parent and the child to stay in touch. So here are some healthy ways to stay in touch while your child’s away to college.

Schedule a weekly phone call and stick to it. Your child is going to have a very busy college schedule. But he’ll have no problem fitting you into the agenda as long as you stick to a consistent calling routine.

Now, use common sense on what day and time you’re going to allocate for this weekly phone call. You don’t want to call on a morning or a weekend evening where nine times out of ten, your child’s not going to even be in the dorm room.

Now, another piece of advice is not to rely on Facebook as the number one way of communicating with your child. The reason is that kids like to communicate with their friends, not their parents, on social media networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

I mean, would you waltz into a busy cafeteria, interrupt your child, and strike up a conversation about his or her grades? No, you probably wouldn’t. So, don’t rely on Facebook; instead, use the power of phone calls to develop that stronger bond.

So try a couple of these healthy ways to communicate with your child while he’s away at college.

I’ll talk to you soon.

Do you find the phone call the best way to stay in touch? How do you keep in touch with your college-age child?

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