For many families with students starting college, Labor Day weekend means one thing: moving

The applications have been sent, final exams were passed and a diploma has been received. After months of anticipation, it’s time for students to pack-up and leave their home to begin a new life at college.

Move-in day can be a high-anxiety, emotionally draining time. After months of planning, the student is ready to venture into adulthood, while the parent worries that their child will be alright on their own.

The day of the move is most-likely going to be hectic and stressful – there are boxes to unload, dorms to find and roommates to meet. To help ease the ciaos, families should discuss important issues, like financial matters and social expectations, before they ever leave the driveway.

Though every family says goodbye differently, the results are always the same: an empty spot at the dining room table, in the car, or at family events. This transition period can be difficult; planning ahead can help make moving day a little easier.

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