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College Series: Ways to Savor Time With Your Teen Before College - #BeThereMoments


Welcome to the third installment in our college series collaborating with our good friends at Michelin. If you've missed out on any of them, you can check out the drive to the orientation and meeting the roommate and whether you should let your college student take the car to school or not. It’s nearing that time; your teen is going to be heading off to college. Your emotions are mixed and while you may be feeling proud of your teen for their accomplishments, you are also sad to see them leave the nest. Being a parent has its challenges and rewards. Sending your teen off to college for the first time is one event that falls under both of those categories. This, however doesn’t have to be the end of you spending time with your teen though; there are quite a few things you can do to savor the time with your teen before they ship off to college.


Tourist Your Town Together – take a walk downtown and pretend you are both tourists. This is an especially neat idea if you have lived in the same town for many years. Take time with your teen to walk around the town, support local vendors and then enjoy lunch at one of your favorite local spots.

Plan a Summer Road Trip – nothing helps people connect better than a road trip. Hop in the car and head off together. Put away the cell phones, blast some music and just have fun enjoying the conversations and sightseeing that happens during a road trip with your teen. If your teenager drives, now might also be a good time to see what you can expect if you do decide to send your teenager to college with his/her car.

Go on a Shopping Spree – surely your teen will need some items for college, why not take your teen out on a shopping spree? Enjoy this last chance to spoil them before they head off into the college lifestyle away from home.


Recreate a Favorite Childhood Memory – talk to your teen about what moment they remember most about childhood. If possible, recreate this favorite childhood memory as a means to reconnect and push some positive emotions.

Have a Movie Night – take one night with your teen to stay up all night and watch your favorite movies while you eat pizza and popcorn. Enjoy laughter and bonding during this movie night as a means to let your teen know that you will always be here, even when they are off to college.


Do an Activity Together – is there something you both have always wanted to do? Zip Lining, Laser Tag, or maybe bungee jumping? Going on one last adventure together to complete that one activity you both always wanted to do will leave your teen with an everlasting memory as they head off into adulthood.

There are many things you can do to savor the time with your teen before they ship off to college, we hope this list of ideas enables you to get in touch with your creative side as a means to spend a bit more time with your teen. Remember, your teen may be heading off to college to start their adult life, but you will forever be their parent and you'll be needed no matter how old your teen gets.

Be there for your children, no matter where they go. Do you have a student headed off to college either this year or next? Read more stories from parents like me on betheremoments.com and join the conversation by using the hashtag #BeThereMoments.

Let's discuss: What other ways can you think of to savor time with your teen before before college?

Annmarie John
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  1. yup wish my parents did this with me. Instead I went out partying alot with my friends and essentially ignored my parents till I went off to college. That's when I missed them. Would be great to do these things with them now even

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    1. I'm so sorry that they didn't but it's never too late to catch up on past times.

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  2. This is such a cute post. It's really important to elaborate proper bonds with teens before they start that crucial part of their lives

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    1. Yes it is and spending time with your teen will lead to memories that they'll remember for years to come.

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  3. I think a trip would be nice. Something mutually planned so both of you are looking forward to it.

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    1. Yes doing a trip together is a great idea and think of all the memories that you'll build together.

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  4. It's always emotional when one of your babies are going to go and do their own thing, isn't it? Especially if it's as big as going to college. I try as much as I can to spend time with them even at home but it would be definitely nice to plan activities and trips. With my experience it also helps them cope with the loneliness they feel once they're away. Memories are always helpful during times like those.

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    1. Oh it's most certainly very emotional. I remember when my daughter went off to college I was very teary eyed. On orientation day, we decided to do breakfast before she moved into her dorm room. In 2 years I have another child who will be heading into college and I think it'll be easier the 2nd time around.

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  5. I think it's a great idea to spend time with your teen before they go to college. My parents never spent time with me, I was pretty much on my own. Your ideas are great, I like especially the traveling one. It's the best way to bond with your teen.

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    1. It really is important. I'm so sorry to hear that your parents didn't but I'm sure when you do have your own, you'll spend as much as you can with them.

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  6. Thanks for sharing this. Sooner or later, we will be having a college student in the family. This might come in handy.

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    1. Don't just wait until they're heading to college, you can do that right now.

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  7. So many great ideas. My daughter will be in her senior year when school starts back up. I'll be keeping all of these things in mind.

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    1. I hope you'll spend tons of time with her, make those memories that she'll cherish forever.

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  8. Great advice for those who have young adults making their way to proper manhood/womanhood. Though I may stay clear of some childhood memory activities though, in my opinion it will only make them feel nostalgic and closer at home which might get them a bit homesick while at college.

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    1. While that is true, some kids are nostalgic and homesick even without those memories. I still say make those memories.

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  9. This is a nice post. My son is so young for now but sooner he will go to college too. I have many years to savor time with him.

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    1. Yes you do Nicole and make sure to savor those times.

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  10. My son is going to college and I am trying to make every moment count. he is growing up so fast and wanting independence but he is still a kid in so many ways.

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    1. They do grow up pretty fast so make all those memories count.

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  11. These also work if you want a date with your S.O!

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    1. You are right Melanie, you can certainly use these tips with your significant other as well.

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  12. So glad that here we don't send them off. They go to go college and still stay with us. I see the upside of this but at the same time, I am just grateful that they stay with us longer.

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    1. Well it can also happen here in the USA as well, however most kids tend to go out of state or even if in-state, the college may not be close enough for everyday back and forth travel.

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  13. My boys are a long ways off from college. However, these are some great tips. I especially like the shopping trip and doing an activity together suggestions.

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    1. Yes try and savor all the time you can with your kids. Shopping is a great way to bond and spend some money too!

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  14. Love the last part and it is really true -- always be there for your kids. Out college studes will surely call home for help or just to say hi if we have a pretty good relationship with them.

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    1. You've got to establish that bond. If you don't then they wouldn't want to come home at all or even call. You're absolutely right!

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  15. I have two kids, one teenage boy and tween girl who I love to spend with. the boy is being moody and wants space most of the time. Movies can be a one thing we can go together though we have a different genre when it comes to it.

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    1. Well you've got to compromise. My son is the same way. He starts college in just 2 years and he has his own loves while I do, but we compromise A LOT!

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  16. I remember we always watch movies with the whole family during weekends and it is one of my favorite family bonding we had. Will bookmark this for future reference. :)

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    1. That's a great way to spend some time with your loved ones.

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