Mental health issues

Staying in Touch With College Students

When children head off to college how much contact should parents have with them? This question has generated a lot of angst over the years and maybe it’s because nobody knows how much communication is appropriate. Is one call a week enough? How about a dozen? Do text messages and E-mails count? And what about […]

28Sep2010 | Lynn | 0 comments | Continued
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50 Top Weight Loss Tips for College Students

When I visit college campuses, I can’t help but notice that an alarming number of students are overweight. In fact, I just read a story in The Chronicle of Higher Education, that stated that a third of college students are overweight. If your jeans don’t fit at age 20, I hate think how much your […]

16Sep2010 | Lynn | 2 comments | Continued
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Starting College With the Jitters

I’m getting up before dawn tomorrow. My son Ben and I are catching a 6:45 a.m. flight to Chicago. Ben will be starting college on Saturday and he’s nervous. But hey, aren’t all college freshmen nervous? Coincidentally, I found a great blog post today, written by two college professors, who shared ways that college freshmen […]

11Aug2010 | Lynn | 0 comments | Continued
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Living in an Empty Nest: Parents’ Biggest Fears

If you’re going to be living in an empty nest soon, this column is for you. I’ll officially be an empty nester next month when my son heads off the college. My daughter is already back in college. I wanted to share a column, written by Lee Bierer, an independent college counselor and a syndicated […]

15Jul2010 | Lynn | 1 comment | Continued

Floatopia: Spring Break Party on Floaties

Never underestimate the ability of college students to drink. Out here in San Diego this weekend, thousands of college students on spring break participated in something called Floatopia. Floatopia drew up to 6,000 college students, who showed up with their swimming suits and beer coolers ready to dodge San Diego’s prohibition on drinking on its […]

22Mar2010 | Lynn | 1 comment | Continued
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One out Five College Coeds Is Sexually Assaulted

It’s all too common for college coeds to be raped or to be the victims of an attempted rape. According to a federal study, one out of five women are sexually assaulted in college. What’s equally alarming is about 95% of these women remain silent. The Center for Public Integrity has just released a new […]

9Dec2009 | Lynn | 2 comments | Continued
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Binge Drinking: Students in Coed Dorms Drink More

Here’s something else for parents of college students to worry about:  students living in coed college dorms end up abusing alcohol more. Students living in a coed college dorm are more likely to drink alcohol and they are roughly 2 1/2 times more likely to drink excessively. In a study conducted by the Journal of […]

17Nov2009 | Lynn | 5 comments | Continued

Help for Depressed College Students

What happens if your child becomes severely depressed in college? As parents we worry because we wouldn’t  be around to spot the symptoms. If my daughter, who attends college 2,500 miles away, started skipping classes, ignoring friends or losing weight because of depression I wouldn’t know unless she told me. Colleges and universities offer mental […]

31May2009 | Lynn | 0 comments | Continued