Miscellaneous Family Dynamics Advice

We asked parents of rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to think back to their student’s freshmen year and what they wish they had known.  Their advice is below.


Give your child a piece of home before leaving such as fun casual family photo, pic of the family pet or knickknack from the home. It’s a sentimental, but not too sappy reminder of family.

Pray!  The prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective.  Friends have much influence on our young adults and with all the new found freedoms college offers we are hopeful the way we have raised our children will remain, along with their faith and morals.  I am pleased to say even when I was a bit concerned- she found her way and am grateful!  Pray over them often!


Do not try to relive your college days through theirs.  If you’re an alum, it’s their school now.  They don’t want to hear about “when I was at Wake.”


[Editorial note: The comments have been minimally edited and grouped together for coherence.  In come cases, comments were combined with others.  When we had parents responding with the same advice, we repeated it for emphasis.  In the event a parent offered advice that ran counter to what Wake Forest advises, it was not included.  These comments represent the views of the parent commentators, not the views of the Office of Family Engagement (formerly Parent Programs office) or Wake Forest. ]