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Is your heart starting to ache as college drop-off nears? I know mine is as my second is getting ready to head off to school this fall. Even the most confident kids will need love, reassurance, and support across the miles as they start their new adventure. Here are some great ideas you can get ready now to help the transition.
This is one of my favorite ideas. I did it with my older daughter when I sent her off for freshman year. As I packed her belongings, I put one of these inspirational stones in any pocket I could find and even in rolled up socks. Every time she found one I’d get a little text from her and sometimes a picture of the stone. As a senior, she still has them all in a dish next to her bed. These 24 inspirational stones can be purchased on Amazon.
Do you have one of those kids who has saved every t-shirt they’ve ever gotten at school, concerts, team jerseys and sporting events? This idea, although admittedly pricey, might be the idea for you. This company will take your kid’s t-shirts and make them into a quilt. When you place your order, they send you a prepaid box to mail your t-shirts to them. This item was featured on the Today Show and receives great ratings. You can find it here for $119.99.
Not everything has to cost money! When I bought my daughter’s notebooks for school, every 30 or so pages, I left a little sticky note with a message of encouragement like, “You can do this!”
This is a great one that I wish I could take credit for but it was an idea sent in by a parent. She bought a hardcover version of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! If you’ve never read it, it’s written in the traditional Dr. Seuss style, and I was going to try to sum it up for you but I’ll post this description from Amazon instead because they do a far better job.
“From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes, “Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.’” A perennial favorite and a perfect gift for anyone starting a new phase in their life!”
This parent passed the book around to family members and had them each write a message to her daughter. I was told it was quite the tearjerker and she said she clandestinely left it on her daughter’s bed when they were leaving. You can buy a copy here from Amazon for $11.39.
Another idea is to send your student something bought locally that they love. Is there a store that sells their favorite fudge or bakes their favorite cookies? Box ’em up and send them! Even better, bake their favorite and send it off!
There’s a ton of different versions of this from wall plaques, to necklaces, key chains, even pillows. I love the sentiment though, “Always remember you are braver than you think, stronger than you seem, and more loved than you know.” What a great message to send to your child. You can find lots to choose from, and more masculine choices, here.
This, is just for fun. Wouldn’t your kiddo crack a big smile if this came in a box from home? I know mine would because I sent it to her when she was a freshman and it still sits on her bed. My other daughter will be sent one too although another parent gave me the best suggestion of how to get your kid to call home – change the Netflix password! You can buy your pillow here.
This is also a great way to say, I love you. This happens to be a book I read to my daughter when she was young. I couldn’t find the one that I know I saved in a very special place, so I sent her a new one. You don’t necessarily have to buy one. If your child has a book they remember you reading to them as a child it makes a great gift and reminder of love from home. I Love You To The Moon and Back can be bought on Amazon for $7.99.
The basic idea is just to send hugs across the miles. There will be days when they really need that little bit of love to get them through a rough day or a tough moment. What things have you sent your kids over the years that they loved getting? Share your ideas in the comments below.