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4 Ways to Connect with your Student in the Military

It can be terribly difficult to reach your child who is in the military and still trying to earn their degree. They are obviously very independent-minded individuals and will probably feel like they don’t need anyone’s help. It’s important that you realize they are still your children first and foremost. Treating them with the respect they deserve and letting them know how much you love them are the best things you can do for them to help them during these most formative years. Here are four ways you can stay involved in their busy lives:

It can be terribly difficult to reach your child who is in the military and still trying to earn their degree. They are obviously very independent-minded individuals and will probably feel like they don’t need anyone’s help. It’s important that you realize they are still your children first and foremost. Treating them with the respect they deserve and letting them know how much you love them are the best things you can do for them to help them during these most formative years. Here are four ways you can stay involved in their busy lives:

1. Email is the easiest way to communicate. Chances are that talking on the phone or actually seeing each other in person is nearly impossible. Establishing a solid email relationship will let you stay up to date on everything going on in each other’s lives. It may seem impersonal at first but you’ll both realize how important communication is and while you won’t be hearing each other’s voices this is the easiest way to talk. Embrace the new technology of our times.

2. Share photos online. It may be a matter of months before you see each other and being able to upload photos or videos online is the easiest way to make a personal connection. Snapfish has taken over the world of photo sharing online and is so easy to use making it a no-brainer. Even if you’re not the most tech-savvy person you owe it to your child to have these memories ready to share.

3. Help with registration and administrative issues with college. When your child is serving in the military it can be difficult for them to stay current with their obligations to the college. Everything from financial aid to signing up for classes for the semester when they’ll be returning to college can be extremely difficult for them so pitch in and have answers for them that will make it easier for them to make a seamless transition from the military to academia.

4. Encourage their future endeavors. You’ve obviously realized that your child is going to make decisions on their own from now on, so you should embrace their individuality and encourage them going forward. Even the most independent person wants reinforcement that what they’re doing is valuable. Try to eliminate any negative energy that will put a strain on your relationship.

This post was contributed by Heather Johnson, who writes on the subject of online college. She invites your feedback at heatherjohnson2323 at gmail dot com.

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