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Posted March 17, 2014

5 Reasons Postgrads Should Call Their Parents

When you are studying as a postgraduate away from home, the chances are, calling your parents is not your number one priority. In between studying, socialising, working and performing household chores, there is very little time left to sit down and have a chat on the phone. When you finally sit down at the end of the day, the chances are it’s late and your parents will have gone to bed. Nevertheless, it is important to keep in contact with your parents. Below are five reasons why you should do so.

Motivation By the time you reach postgraduate stage, you have hopefully found a way to motivate yourself into studying. You shouldn’t need your parents to constantly nag you, asking “have you done your homework yet”, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t turn to your parents for that extra bit of motivation when you need it the most. This is especially important come exam time, when you may be feeling under stress . There is nothing quite like being told by your parents that everything is going to be ok.

Take a break Even when you have a major assignment due, it is important to take a break now and again, in order to keep your mind fresh. Procrastination can actually be a good thing if you use your time wisely , so why not take a break, and catch up with your parents.

Keep in touch with what’s going on at home It’s important to keep up with what’s going on at home, not just in your parents’ house, but in and around the area in which you used to live. If you are a frequent visitor, returning home for the holidays, or even the weekends, it is important to know what’s going on, as it may affect your visit. If you are studying the other side of the country, or even the world, and your trips back home are less frequent, you might not need to know what’s going on in the local area, however, it’s even more important to make sure you call your parents and keep informed about what’s going on with them, along with the rest of your family.

Make your parents day It is often the case that when a child goes away to study, it is the first time they have been away from their parents for any significant length of time. Your parents will want nothing more than to keep calling you, however they also know you need your freedom, and will avoid calling you as much as they would probably like. Giving your parents a call when they are least expecting it will make their day, and with Mother’s Day coming up, there is no better time to do so.

Make your parents feel proud of you Parents like nothing than to revel in the achievements of their children, and although you might no longer consider yourself a child, in your parents’ eyes, you will always be their baby. Make sure they know about all of your achievements, and you will reap the rewards, as there is nothing quite like being told by your parents just how proud they are of you.

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