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February 09, 2018

Your son’s senior year in high school is an exciting and nerve-wracking time for him. Even as he begins to make decisions about his future, he is facing leaving behind the only world he has ever known, including the friends and family that have supported him up until this point. As he struggles with deciphering college admission letters, comparing financial aid packages, and applying for scholarships, tensions can begin to run high in the household. You’re both preparing yourselves emotionally for the transitions you’ll be facing in a few short months. Combining that emotional tension with very real financial concerns is easily a recipe for explosive encounters between you and your son.

During this high-stress time, it’s more important than ever to take the time to remind your son that you love him and support him. Even if you don’t agree with everything your son is doing, you’re proud of the man he’s becoming.

When he’s on his own at school next year and struggling to juggle his new responsibilities, the last thing you want is for him to be too proud to reach out to you for help. That’s why it’s important to break down any barriers between the two of you now while he’s still home. One great way to break down barriers is by giving him a meaningful gift that he can bring with him to college.

A personalized leather keychain is a perfect gift for your college-bound son. It’s long lasting and can be innocuously carried with him wherever he goes without drawing unwanted attention from his peers. Picking the perfect personalization is key to making this gift meaningful for your son without making him roll his eyes at your sentimentality.

Latitude & Longitude

Engraving your son’s leather keychain with thelatitude and longitude of his childhood home is a great way to remind him where he came from as he ventures out into the world for the first time. The great thing about this engraving is that it says a lot without saying very much at all. When your son looks at the keychain or runs his thumb over the carefully engraved numbers, he will think of everyone rooting for him at home. Simultaneously, he can avoid any jibes from friends who may not think it’s cool for him to have something that says, “Mommy loves you!” on it hanging alongside his keys.

Motivational Quote

Another great option is to engrave a motivational quote on your son’s keychain. If you’re going this route, you’ll want to be sure to think of a quote thathe’llfind powerful, not just one that you find powerful. For example, quoting his favorite football player or favorite author may be more impactful than quoting your favorite motivational speaker. Taking the time to look up the perfect quote to inspire him will not only be more helpful to him during grueling study sessions or tough break-ups but will also show him the extent to which you listen to his interests and dreams.

Inside Joke

If there’s an inside joke that will make your son think of home, that may be the best option for his personalized leather keychain. Again, the key here is to remind him of home and of how much you love himwithoutbeing mushy. Your son has a reputation to maintain, and in his first year at college that may be more important to him than ever before. Show that you understand and respect that by supporting him without smothering him.