Parents - we know that it can be overwhelming and frightening to let your young adult leave the nest and head to college. You have watched them grow and been there for them through every stage of their life, only now to have to send them away and not be there for them through one of the biggest steps they will ever take.
When they were learning to walk, you held them up until they were strong enough to stand alone. When they were learning to ride their bike, you ran behind them holding the bike up until they were strong enough to ride alone. Now, after years of holding them tight and teaching them to be independent, you need to let them fly - and trust that they will.
Still it is scary.
As a campus ministry, we understand this and we want to work with you through this time. Your student will still need support at times, just as they will need to "adult" at times. They need to know that you are close enough to catch them if they fail, but far enough to let them try. Just like those days when you were teaching them to dive into the pool.
We want to be a support to you - and an extension of your hand. When your student needs a boost, you cannot always be close enough to do it, but we are walking the campus with them. To do this, we need you to communicate with us. You can send us messages here on the website (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) or you can call us (dave: 9704338585). Let us know what you and your student need to stand strong.
Also, we will try to keep you informed on ways you can be partner with us in helping your child.
To help you make this transition with your child, we recommend you check out the book "Letting Go: A parents guide to understanding the college years". The author does a good job showing when a parent should step in to help their child and when they should step back and let them grow. (Click the picture and it will send you to an Amazon link for the book).
I will also be trying to update you through this blog - so check back. And don't forget to check the rest of this website for pictures, calendars and CSF needs, so that you can see what your young adult is doing with us.
You may no always be present in their minds, but you are still the biggest influence in their life!!!
Thanks for loaning us your young adult for a short time. May God bless their time with us.