5 Great Resources for Parents with Kids Heading Off to College

The time has come and even though I’ve been dreading it for the last 18 years (just being honest), I know he’s ready. It’s not easy seeing your first child go off into the world, it’s emotional because you’re happy, sad, excited, and nervous for them all at the same time. The good thing is, none of us first-time parents are alone. There are great resources for parents with kids heading off to college.

3 Great Resources for Parents with Kids Heading Off to College


I have watched each of my older brothers send their first child off into the world. And I have watched multiple friends do the same. I can tell it’s not easy on any of them, but they’ve all been super strong in letting go and knowing that it was time for that next step.

As I’ve embarked on this new journey of parenthood, I’ve had my family and friends who have gone through the first child going off send me advice and resources that helped them out. I thought it would be helpful to share them with any other parent about to go through this, too.

1. Grown and Flown

This is the ONE resource I feel like everyone has told me to follow. They have the best articles, podcasts, memes on their Instagram, everything. It’s been a resource I’ve relied on a bunch throughout the last few months because I love reading that I’m not alone in feeling sad and nervous about my William going off.

I definitely suggest checking out Grown and Flown.

2. College Parents of America

Here’s one that I’ve had a few people tell me to look through. Although this is more in prepping you in getting your child for college, there are some great articles about the process of actually having them leave and how to deal with that new experience. There are funny articles, informative articles, and just great information for you to know.

3. Raising Teens Today

This blog was referred to me by a fellow blogging friend who is going through the same stage of parenthood right now. It’s just nice reading and following along with another parent who is going through the same situation. I love knowing that moms and dads throughout the ages have had to deal with these kinds of milestones and get through them.

I hope this helps you out! I think it’s always a good idea to lean on resources and people for feedback, advice, and help. I know that these have been great resources for me and I hope that if you haven’t heard of these, you will have a little more insight into one of them.

August 30th is the BIG day when we move William into school, so I’ve got the date circled on my calendar with a little bit of dread in my heart every time I look at it. I know he’s excited about it and counting down, so I don’t want to take that away from him. Just today he got his dorm assignment, so now it’s getting more and more real. Here’s to staying strong!

About Audrey

Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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