Parenting College Women
As parents, we often plan and prepare financially for our daughters to go to college
for many years. Yet, as we walk away from the dormitory door, we often realize that
we're less prepared for her and our reactions than we ever thought.
Will she be all right?
Did I teach her everything she needs to know to be safe?
Will she know when to go to the doctors?
Does she know how to plan healthy meals?
There's good reason why parents are concerned. Statistics on health problems of
college women are alarming. And until recently, there was little known about the
needs of young women during these years.
What does the current research on college women show?
Current research at the Wellesley Center as well as other educational institutions show
that even with college age women, parents are still the most important factor to
promote healthy and safe passage for young women into adulthood. Here are some tips for
parents that come out of this research:
- Keep Connected
Kaplan and Klein (Wellesley Center) state in their paper Women's Self Development in
"For healthy development of college-age women, a basic sense of connection with one's
parents remains the core out of which positive relational self-esteem emerges."
- Teach your Daughter about College Health Risks.
Parents continue to be in the best position to teach health habits that can have a
significant impact on prevention of health problems. While living in a dorm,
there is important health information that she
should know. We have tools to help parents obtain
the knowledge so they can share with their daughters important information as, "Why
you never share your razor in the dorm". We
have a "Keeping Connected Safety Kit" with parent and
daughter "Campus Safety Tips" as well as safety devices she can carry while walking on
campus. Also, at times, parents feel helpless when she's "stressed out".
Dealing with stress in safe and healthy ways is the focus of our "Relaxation
Kit", which is designed for parents to share (and learn)
- Stay connected to DoubleSunrise for support and ideas on supporting her health during this
exciting transition in your family's life.
At DoubleSunrise we are committed to applying current theories on young women's development
toward supporting families during the college experience.
"Keeping Connected (so they can grow)" continues to be the thread of supporting young women
and their families toward a safe and healthy passage at this time.