Your Teen is off to College this Month – Just Breathe!

Your Teen is off to College this Month – Just Breathe!


For many parents, your teen is heading off to college to live in a dorm this year. This is a very exciting time for your child. However, for parents, it is a bittersweet time, a nostalgic time. It is inconceivable to believe that your child is all grown up and ready to go out into the world without you by their side helping them with their judgments.

Even if your teen is not heading off to college, they will soon be transitioning into making their decisions independently and moving away from your watchful eyes. As overwhelming as it is, dry your eyes as there is so much to do.

Take some time to make a list and think about all the details that have to be handled over the next few weeks.

The following topics are a few to address by the end of the summer. It is best not to wait until the last minute and overload your teen. You might choose to tackle this list one by one.


  • Dental Care – including the wisdom tooth decision – extract only if necessary.
  • Contraceptives and Condoms – sexual safety
  • Health insurance and forms
  • Laundry Basics
  • Nutrition Basics – recipes – eating healthy at college
  • Alcohol and Drugs – symptoms of alcohol poisoning and overdose
  • Stress Management
  • Hygiene practices in a dorm setting.
  • Symptoms of serious health issue and how to handle them
  • Physical Exam and Vaccinations
  • First aid tips


If you feel you need help and want to arm your teen with valid information unlike what they may find with an internet search visit where you can find a very useful handbook, “The Dorm Doctor – College Health Handbook” and also a first-aid kit designed by a pharmacist.

“The Dorm Doctor College Health Handbook” is an excellent resource to aid the transition of your teen to the jungle of dorm life. This preparation should leave everyone feeling a little more relaxed and confident as you leave your teen behind to begin their college journey. The digital version is available on Amazon.

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