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Countdown to college: Say goodbye to 2020 in the best way possible

Lee Shulman Bierer, Tribune News Service on

Published in Education News

Yes, we’re all excited to flip the page on 2020. It obviously wasn’t a good year for our country or our planet. As we look forward to what will surely be a healthier year, this is also a good time to regroup and reflect.

Here are a few thoughts on how each of us can approach 2021 with a better attitude.

If you’re the parent of a college student who’s heading back to college:

- Tell them you trust them. Let them go, guilt-free.

- Assure them that you’re just a phone call away.

- Hug them with vigor until they go, and try to hide the tears.


If you’re the parent of a college student who will be studying remotely (i.e., living in your home):

- Be patient and understand that none of you expected that this was how the school year would be.

- Try hard not to interfere in their studies or their job searches.

- Pretend as best you can that they’re visiting for the weekend and you’re delighted to spend time with them.


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