Emory psychology professor Marshall Duke gives a popular seminar for parents every year, to help ease the separation process with their newly minted college students.
First, Duke advises them to think about their parting words:
"The closing words between parents and children are crucial. Whatever wisdom you have to offer, whether it is 'I love you,' 'I'm behind you,' 'I'm proud of you,' say it. If you can't express yourself verbally, write your thoughts down and mail the letter to your child immediately after you arrive home. Your children will remember your messages and hold on to them."
Read the other tips from Duke's seminar "Parenting a College Student."
What advice would you give?