Six weeks ago our son went off to college. We have only heard from him twice -- a brief phone call when he arrived safely on campus and a call last week to let us know that everything was going well. We'd like a little more communication. What is the best way for us to get it? -- No News


First of all, it sounds like your son is making a good adjustment to college, which is terrific, as the first six weeks are the hardest time for most freshmen. It's natural that you'd like to know more about what he is doing. At the same time, you have to support his need for independence.

In this electronic age, the best way to communicate with your son is by using texting, as it allows for a brief communication. Other good communication choices are Facebook and Twitter.