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With so many options for communication,
it seems parents couldn't possibly lose touch
with their child. But parents still worry. Like
any mother, Camille Davidson has concerns
about sending her son away to college. "I do
worry that he won't call," she says. "The inde-
pendence that comes with college may mean
that he does not check in with his father or
me when we want him to or expect him to."
Jay Ostendarp and his wife, Angie, are par-
ents to two college students and one senior at
Charlotte Catholic High School. Jay's experi-
ence communicating with his son and daughter
while they are away at college has been pleas-
antly surprising. He and Angie receive a text or
a request to Facetime every other day during the
week. "They are never too far away from you,"
Jay says. "They are really only a Facetime away."
The Ostendarp family: Angie,
Jay, Alec, Jamie and Erin.