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Below you will find some advice helpful hints from some VIU staff with children in post-secondary education.We hope one or two will resonate with you.

“Put your needs aside in terms of what you think they need – it is important for the students to learn how to use their voice.  Let them make mistakes – it’s part of the journey in life.  Be supportive but not controlling.” SS

“Take an active interest in your student’s education – open discussions and provide positive feedback and solutions.  Celebrate the success of your student!”  LB

“Be available - at times the workload will be very heavy and your son or daughter may become overwhelmed and they will need to reach out to you. If this is the first time away from home kids can be very lonely and will need to know you are available.”  BM

“Encourage them to get involved.  There are many different kinds of activities on campus where they can meet new people, enhance their learning and develop a sense of belonging.”  TM

“Don’t do the work for your child; help them learn how to do it themselves.  Enjoy the process with your child; it can easily be frustrating, so work extra hard at trying to enjoy the process!  Enjoy these precious moments with your son or daughter.”  SK

“Encourage your student to read correspondence/course outlines and objectives; attend all classes; enjoy the beautiful Library; use Faculty “Office Hours” as needed, and participate in events on campus.”  LB

“Expect that they will change, and that change can be good.  Embrace the opportunity to grow your relationship with your child.  It’s not easy but it is definitely worth it.”  TM

“Don’t wait to get a tutor. It can make all the difference in the world. And if you need some help with writing papers, send them to the Writing Center.”  MT


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