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Counseling Guide for Parents

The transition to college life can be difficult for not only the student but for the parent as well.

How can you Help?

  1. Stay in Touch - Allow your student the opportunity to learn and grow on their own in college. It is likely at some point your student may experience feelings of home sickness. Encourage them to stay on campus to develop their independence and remind them you are there to provide support and encouragement from a distance when needed.
  2. Let your student bring up topics - Rather than asking your student questions about what time they got up for class or how late they stayed out last night, allow them to decide what they share with you.
  3. Be realistic about their academic progress - Entering and beginning college is an adjustment. It may take your student time to learn how to master college course work. Encourage your student that this new venture may not be easy at times and encourage them to utilize campus resources such as tutoring, disability services, or advising.

Things to Remember

  1. Not only is the student transitioning to college life, you are too! Don’t forget to take time for yourself.
  2. Talk with your student if you notice changes in their behavior, attitude or emotional stability.
  3. It is normal to feel anxious or excited about your child leaving home. These types of emotions are to be expected.
  4. Be proud of yourself. Attending college is an important step in your child’s development.

Scope of Services

Counseling Services are available to assist students with short-term concerns. If your student has previously been hospitalized or was in psychotherapy before coming to Blinn, our services may not be an appropriate substitute. In this case, we would be glad to provide referrals for local agencies and mental health care professionals. If you are unsure, please call the Counseling office to discuss the situation and your concerns.


Confidentiality is an important part of counseling. If your student is a client of counseling services at Blinn, state laws prohibit us from discussing the student in any way without their written consent. This applies even if you have referred the student to our services.