We all want the best for our kids – from the moment we know they’re on their way throughout the rest of their lives. Now, when they reach the age of about 17 or 18, they may want to start planning a move to university. This can be relatively daunting for us as parents. After all, we’ve had them close at hand their whole lives and this may be the first time they fly the nest. But it’s also such a great move for them. It’ll open doors to all sorts of opportunities and can provide them with a great experience along the way. To make their move from homelife to independent living as straightforward and comfortable as possible, there are a few steps you can take. Here are some you might want to take into consideration!
Go to Open Days
Open days are a great opportunity for your kid to take a look at the different universities they’ve taken into consideration and to help them decide which they definitely want to apply to. They may be further afield than you’d usually travel, but it’s definitely worth the effort so your child can feel secure and confident in their choice.
While you’re in the area, it’s a good idea to take a look at the accommodation that will be available to your kid too. This may be on-campus halls or off-campus accommodation. In short, you want to make sure that there’s something available that will provide your child with plenty of room, comfort and a close proximity to the campus and other students. You can click here for some good examples.
Teach Them How to Budget
Money management is essential in all stages of life, not just university. But remember that this may be the first time your child is fully in control of their own finances. It’s a good idea to show them how to budget and how to manage their spending so that they don’t overspend and find them in a difficult situation. Also teach them to be wary of overdrafts, credit cards and other forms of borrowing.
Give Them a Few Cooking Lessons
Often, we cook for our kids right up until they leave home. Sure, they might start whipping up their own snacks. But generally, the main meals fall down to us. This is why it’s important that you teach your kid to cook a few good meals of their own. This will prove extremely useful to them once they’re in charge of their own meals!
Moving out for the first time can be nerve wracking – especially if your kid is heading to a university that’s far from home. So, act as a constant source of reassurance. Let them know that you’re only ever a phone call away and that they can visit!
Hopefully, some of the above information will help to get your child ready and set for university as effectively as possible!
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