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Research has found that parents can have
a powerful influence on their sons and daughters’
successful transition to college life. 
All it takes is communication
Talk to your sons and daughters
before they come to college,
and keep talking to them while they’re here.

You as parents have already done a great job helping your sons and daughters make better choices. However, your responsibility doesn’t stop just because they’re heading to school. Studies have shown that college students give parents a great deal of credit for guiding them towards less drinking or refraining from drinking. Your input matters — and helps keep Nebraska colleges a trendsetter in students’ responsible use of alcohol.
mom hugs student at commencement, sign on cap: 'I'M RIGHT HERE MOM'
students chatting in the dorm
When young adults begin their college experience in Nebraska, they’ll be facing a number of life changes and new experiences from:

  • Managing finances,
  • Attending class, and
  • Balancing academics with social activities, including whether or not to drink alcohol.
You can help them during this transition by communicating your expectations and encouraging them to think through the outcomes of different choices.

Parents can also have an impact on the misperceptions of college life, including alcohol use, while providing information about resources available to their student on campus.

Let's start with the facts.
mom helps daughter move in to dorm
What kind of drinking really goes on Nebraska college campuses?


©2012 Nebraska Prevention Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Power of Parenting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was developed with support from:
Nebraska Office of Highway Safety      US. Department of Education
The Nebraska Prevention Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse
UNL College of Education and Human Sciences
UNL Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Nebraska Collegiate Consortium (NCC)

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