Often times, moving on-campus (or commuting to college) begins a time in which students spend a lot of time away from home. It only makes sense that parents want to soak up every available minute with their students. However, asking your college student to spend a lot of time at home, especially during the first six to eight weeks of school, can be a hindrance to their success in college.
Studies of successful college students show that the first six to eight weeks of college are the time in which most students initiate very important relationships. After that time, it is harder for students to break into the friend groups which have been forming. If you have a student who is in college for the first time, consider letting them spend their weekends on campus. If they want to come home every weekend, encourage them to stay on campus. If your student commutes to campus, encourage him or her to get to know other students between classes. Better yet, have him or her invite a few new college friends home for a meal!