July 18, 2007 12:26 AM

How often do you talk to your parents?

I was in a discussion recently about how often parents (moms) expect to hear from their new college students. One friend complained that his mom just had to hear from him every single day, which seemed a bit excessive to me. But maybe with cell phones and free long distance, it’s not excessive? Another friend is just tired that her dad would call her cell phone whenever he felt like it, since he was paying the bill for it. Another friend is comfortable with his mom calling him every day as he walks to morning classes. For me, I have the expectation that I would check in with my family every Sunday afternoon.

I guess it is not easy to strike a balance between having independence while still keeping the lines of communication open. Maybe means of communication like IMs and email are the best bet? What do you all think?

Yang Cao | Permalink | Comment on this article | Comments (2)

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I never called my parents at all in Berkeley unless I needed something, ask a question, or whatever. That's because I went home every few weeks and had a good talk with my parents whenever I went home. Now that I'm in Japan, I send an e-mail almost everyday and talk on Skype a few times a week. It's whatever works.

Posted by Kristin | 2007-07-18

My family knows they can reach me whenever they like, but they don't call often. I plan to call my parents once a week, but it never seems to work out that often. We e-mail two or three times/ week. I call my sister whenever I see something that reminds me of her or her kids, usually once or twice a month, but it can be two or three times/week.

Posted by Tina | 2007-07-18

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