Connecting with Your Coed
Once your son or daughter heads off to college, all bets can be off. Communication is sporadic at best, and what little information you do get is usually extremely edited. That doesn’t mean that parents everywhere can’t or shouldn’t stay connected with their little darlings, but sometimes the transition can be difficult for all involved.
Freshmen arriving on the college scene can find it overwhelming sharing a room with strangers, attending new classes and trying to connect with a new group. At home, empty nest syndrome may settle in, with parents wishing for the family that once was. Communication can be crucial at this stage.
There’s always texting, e-mail and voice mail, with all offering frequent updates, but with little to no visual contact. Skype is an easy way for kids and parents to connect that can allow access to the dorm life or other living situation. A quick Skyping session and you’re able to view an instant snapshot of your child’s surroundings and health. Does poor little Erica look a little pale to you, and what is THAT on the counter! Enquiring minds of parents want to know!
On the other end of the screen, students can view their family, and be reminded of the loving home they still have. This can offer solace to a homesick freshman or a teen going through a difficult stage.
With this open communication in mind, one can go a step further. With a quick install, parents can view their child in the ‘full screen’ mode utilizing technology such as ūmi . Cisco ūmi is a system that connects to your HD television providing high quality video interaction. Miss a call? No problem; it’s there waiting for you when you return.
Staying connected; staying a family across the miles is easy with today’s technology. Now that you’ve got the place to yourself, have some fun!