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Giving your child the tools they need as they embark on the next part of their education journey can go a long way in making sure they have the ability to live on their own independent from the family home.
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While it may feel natural for you to take over at home and do everything for them, pretty soon they will need to fend for themselves and learn how to do even the most basic of tasks.
As a parent, you can help them build the skills they need to set up a good foundation for life once they leave university and set off into adulthood.
For many people, the lack of budgeting skills can land them in hot water over the years. Whether they choose to live in halls of residence or Axo student accommodation, they will need to know the importance of keeping on top of bills and managing their income.
Stressing the importance of finding a part-time job to bring in money can be a confidence boost and an excellent way to learn how to manage a budget.
Explain the dangers of taking on too much credit and the impact on their future of late or missed payments on any credit agreements they take out.
Time Management Skills
There is no denying university can stretch your time to the max. With classes, part-time work and a hectic social calendar, finding the time to fit everything in can be a struggle, and that’s before we even get to studying outside of the classroom.
Working with your child when it comes to how best to manage their time can help them avoid burning out and high-stress levels. Knowing what they can manage to do in a reasonable timescale and when to not add to their already busy schedule will serve them well during their time at university.
Try different techniques such as allocation of days and set times for various activities, studying or working. It may be that it takes a lot of trial and error to find the perfect balance, but it is something worth persevering with.
Long hours studying, socialising and or working can put a considerable strain on the body. Young adults may think they are and feel invincible, but ultimately they aren’t.
Talk to them about how stress can affect the body and how they can combat high-stress levels.
Eating well, getting regular exercise, fresh air and enough sleep can all contribute to lower stress levels and better health. Burning the candles at both ends won’t do them any good so help them find the balance to keep themselves safe and healthy.
Teach them to cook simple, nutritious meals, the importance of drinking enough water and making sure they take some time to relax as much as possible.
University can take its toll on people’s health, and knowing how to counteract the effects of stress and punishing schedules can pay dividends during their time studying.