As your Coug prepares to begin their WSU Journey, it is key to have conversations about expectations as they transition from living with their family to living on their own. We encourage families to have these conversations prior to the start of the year, and while they may be difficult, it provides everyone the opportunity to get on the same page and practice open and honest communication in this time of change and transition.
Some sample questions that we often hear feedback from families about include:
What are your family expectations about communication with your Coug while they are here at WSU? Is it best to call, to text, to communicate via email or social media?
How often are you expecting your Coug to visit home? What would be feasible and practical?
How will you react if you are offered the opportunity to drink alcohol underage? Or to try drugs? What are your families views and expectations? This provides an opportunity to practice refusal skills, etc.
What will you do if you find yourself in an unsafe situation? How will you reach out for support and resources at WSU/in Pullman if you need them?
How will you intervene if someone needs help, or something isn’t right? An opportunity to discuss how to be an active bystander, and act according to the values that your family holds true.