The beginning of college – all the preparation, moving in, meeting roommates, getting schedules settled, buying books – I don’t know which it is harder on – the students or their parents.
Dear parents reading this blog, I have had one child graduate from PCC, presently have two enrolled and one more looking forward to attending in a couple of years, and I know how exciting and emotional the first few days of college can be – whether you have one child and this is their first year at PCC or you have several children and they are sophomores, juniors, or seniors.
Parents have spent the last 18 years investing their lives in their children, and while our desire is for our children to grow up and become what God wants for them, it’s not easy to let go. I have three pieces of advice.
#1 – Pray. I am sure most parents have spent many hours in prayer for the individual needs of their children. Now, we can pray for their teachers, their roommates, their classes, for them to make wise decisions on their own, and for the Lord to draw them closer to Him.
#2 – As parents, we want to “fix” everything. As hard as it is, now is the time to challenge our children to figure out some things on their own. Allow them to make mistakes, allow them to figure out how to get along with people and take charge of what they need to do, and let them know you are behind them with your prayers – and that occasional care package.
#3 – PCC is one of the most secure places I know of for our young adult children to learn to stand on their own and prepare for what the Lord has for them. Trust the Lord to do a wonderful work in your child’s life. Since “it’s time to let go,” I can’t think of a safer place to “let go” than a wonderful Christian college campus like PCC.
--Mrs. Melody M.