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The transition to college is a balancing act for students and their families. Too little engagement can leave a student feeling lost or disconnected, and can leave parents feeling like they’re in the dark. Too much engagement (e.g., so called helicopter parenting) can actually interfere with students’ growth and development.

A Podcast Series from The Family Institute

Nikki Lively, Clinical Director of the Transitions to Parenthood program, speaks with Adam, father of two, about his experience becoming a father for the first time, and beyond. 

Something like this is familiar to all of us: we notice the car needs washing, and despite the late hour and a poor night’s sleep, we drag out a bucket and sponge and give it a good shampoo. While admiring our handiwork, we realize the interior could use vacuuming and a wipe-down as well.

"I can't trust her." "She complains that I'm not trustworthy." "He betrayed my trust."

We use the word a lot — trust — but what do we mean when we say it? What aspects of our relationship are we referring to when we use that word?

Here's a way to think about trust*, three questions that define its essence and can help you determine the trust level in your relationship: