You probably have high hopes for this final Summer before you child starts uni and feel the need to make it special. Chances are you’ll also be helping them to get organised and ready to fly the nest, so we thought we'd give you our top tips for how to make the most of the Summer with them.
Your child is probably extremely excited to start this new phase in their life, if not a little apprehensive. They’re probably also going to have a bit of a shock if they are leaving home and you’ll most likely receive numerous texts asking "what’s the correct washing machine setting" or "what temperature do you roast a chicken?".
Here are our top tips for making the most of your Summer with them and ensuring that they’re ready for the next stage of adulthood.
1. Help them get prepared
As a parent you probably feel anxious, worried or even terrified about the thought of your child moving away or starting university but you want to ensure that you make sure you child feels confident that they can take on this next phase of their life. Try to encourage their independence to start planning for the changes in their life. Shopping for uni supplies, whether that's things for moving out or stationery, is a great way to spend time together before uni starts and also a great way for them to take ownership over the next stage of their life.
2. Encourage them to spend time with friends
Whilst we're on the topic of ownership, try to make sure your child has autonomy over how they want to spend their Summer. As much as you might want to spend every waking minute of the Summer with them, try not to as you will just smother them. Remember that they are about to leave the friendship group that they have seen every day for the past few years and they may be struggling with coming to terms with that. Encourage them to spend time with their school/college friends as they may not seem them again for a long time.
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3. Teach them some new skills
It's probably going to be a bit of a shock to their system if they are moving away from home for the first time. They are going to quickly realise how much is potentially done for them at home. Take the Summer as an opportunity to teach them life lessons that will set them up for a successful few years away This may be as basic as how to do laundry or cook some cheap, tasty meals. But it's also a chance to discuss good budgeting habits or how to avoid identity theft. Check out our life lessons if you need some more inspiration.
4. Treat them to a day out or dinner at their favourite restaurant
Depending on whether you child is moving away for uni there's a possibility you may go weeks, if not months at a time before you see them. That's ok and completely normal as they're off navigating their way through this new stage in life. Try and fit in some quality time with them before they do start, whether that's a day out or a fancy meal. Do something you'll all enjoy.