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Messages to Write in a Card to your Son or Daughter in College, Ideas for Notes to Put in Care Packages

Updated on December 11, 2013

Sending your Son or Daughter to College with a Heartfelt Message or Saying

Sending your son or daughter to college is a milestone for both your child and you. It can be a special time but also a bittersweet time. Off to college means a start of a new phase for both of you. Different roles for parent and child.

My goal is to give you a few ideas of what to write in a card to your son or daughter as they begin this new life adventure!

Need some help with what to write in a note to send them in a care package? These messages will do for those occasions too. Just add cookies with your note and your mail is sure to make your child who is away feel the love of home.


It is a bittersweet time for you as you send your child off to college.  You may be smiles on the outside, but a bit sad on the inside.
It is a bittersweet time for you as you send your child off to college. You may be smiles on the outside, but a bit sad on the inside.

Heartfelt Messages for Your Child Who is Heading Off to College

1. I remember you waving to me as got on bus and heading off to school for the first time. Today I (we) are the ones who are waving and leaving. Feels a little strange for me to be the one waving, but I know you are ready for this new challenge. You are a strong, intelligent, and independent person. I am proud of you now and always.

2. Don't forget to mind your manners, behave, and please text every once in a while. We'll miss you.

3. Your success story continues. You are heading to college! Proud of you.

4. Studying will be only one form of education college will provide. Grow in your independence, grow in character, and humbly learn from others.

5. We'll miss you at home, but we are proud of your desire to leave and continue learning, growing, and changing as a person. You have moved from childhood to the brink of adulthood. It is an amazing journey and we are so glad to be able to be your parents and witness these changes in you.

6. I know you aren't a baby anymore, but just be forewarned that when we see you next, I will be giving you a very big hug and probably also a kiss on the forehead.

7. No matter how old you are or how far you travel, we will always be your parents and we will always be thankful we got to know you before anyone else did.

8. I'm going to miss your heaps of laundry left in all the wrong places. Please remember to bring some dirty clothes home when you visit. As your Mom, I'll always have a sweet feeling about seeing your clothes bouncing around in our washer and dryer.

9. When you hear Dad and my voices saying things in your head like, "You shouldn't be involved in what you are doing", please listen. We've given you advice up until this point for a reason.

10. If you need us, we can hop a plane and be to you within ___ hrs. We love you. Don't be afraid to ask for help, admit to loneliness, or let us know that you just need to see some familiar faces.


Humorous Messages to Send Your College Child

1. Just think, you get to share a room with a complete stranger. You just might end up thinking I'm a better person to live with than you've thought all these years.

2. When you decide to skip class or think about not doing your course work, please consider how much this is costing us.

3. Dad and I miss you. The dog misses you. Your sister wants you to know that she doesn't miss you.

4. Now that you are gone, I've noticed the grocery cart isn't nearly as full. And the fridge isn't as dirty. And I have less dishes to pick up from the family room. Hmmmm.... makes me think.....

5. Please call me sometime this week, otherwise be warned that I may just "show up" to see you unannounced.

6. When you hear that voice in your head saying, "Don't do that," consider it an authoritative voice from Dad and me, and please reconsider what you are doing.

7. I've heard that sometimes when kids go to college, they end up realizing their parents are actually smart people. Just wondering if that revelation has hit you yet.

8. Please know that we are proud of you. So proud of you that we are willing to understand if you change majors or take different paths in life than your brothers and sisters did. We, however, are not very understanding about skipped classes or failing grades. We still are allowed to use our "Mom Voice" and our "Dad Voice" when talking to you about such things.

9. Did you know that colleges now make available online your attendance records and grades for each test and quiz? Wow, super exciting for us. Just wanted to let you know.


Heartfelt Messages to Send Your Child Who is Away at College

1. I am your Mom. I have long ago memorized the recipe to your favorite cookies. Please be looking for a big batch in the mail. (Sharing with roommates is optional). Love, Mom

2. Remember those notes I used to tuck into your lunchbox and you'd find them at school? This is kind of like one of those, except you are a lot more grown up now and I got to mail it to YOUR place. Proud of you and the independent person you are becoming.

3. Text me every once in a while. I am still your Mom. I get worried. And Dad gets worried to, he just pretends he doesn't. We love you.

4. Please come home for Thanksgiving this year. You are the biggest turkey of the family, after all.

5. Sometimes when I walk by your old room in our house, a little bit of the smell of your stinky shoes gets me. It's still gross, but I'm your mom, and because I am your mom, I think even the stinky parts of you are kind of cute. I love you and miss you.


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