Guest blogger Rabbi Sherre Hirsch: Who knew that the most dangerous place you might send your kid this year could be college? As the first day of school is almost here, many mothers are getting ready to drop their kids off at school. Turns out going to Bed, Bath and Beyond is not enough.
Start talking to your sons early on. As a mother of three and a rabbi, I often defer to my husband to have the difficult talks with my son. But our sons need to hear from us as well. Remember, age appropriate conversations are essential.
Remind yourself that there is a difference between drinking and excessive drinking. When your child tells you that he had a drink at a party the night before, don't be the first to condemn him. College is a place where kids explore their boundaries. But in that moment, you can remind them that there are boundaries.
Teach your kids that while God cares for each and every one of them individually, God is counting on them to be safe.