Loyola University Maryland

Office of Student Support and Wellness Promotion

Parents/Families

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Communicating About Alcohol and Drug Issues

Starting college brings about some significant changes in family dynamics. Communication between student and parent can be an essential component to navigating through this intricate transition. Students are faced with many choices as they explore and establish their own values, while simultaneously managing a new academic setting, new friendships, a new living situation, etc. Meanwhile, parents are faced with the challenge of adopting a parenting style of “mentorship” and "guidance," which requires patience and practice. Students are acclimating to a new level of freedom, responsibility and accountability. Parents are learning to allow for their child’s transition into adulthood and independence in a supportive environment.

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