You’ve been away at college, enjoying complete freedom for about nine months. Now, summer is here, and you’re back home with your parents. And, you’re finding that:
- When you leave the house, they’re asking you when you’ll be back.
- They have a summer to-do list for you, which includes mowing the grass, cleaning your room, and finding a job.
- They’re wondering why you’re sleeping until 10 or 11 in the morning, when there is so much do to.
Don’t argue over little things. And, let’s face it, asking you to mow the grass or help carry in the groceries is a little thing. They’re your parents. They love you. You love them.
Realize they think you are the same person as when you left
Your parents may not be used to seeing you so independent, so self-sufficient. So, let them know you’re not the immature kid you were last year. But, tell them nicely.
Get a job
Working with eliminate several problems. You won’t be hanging around the house, so you can avoid conflict. You’ll be earning some extra cash, which is always awesome. You’ll be getting good experience that will help you get a better job when you graduate.
Volunteering has the same benefits of working without the paycheck. But, it’s a great way to get experience and meet people. Those connections may help you in the future when you’re looking for a permanent job.
It’s hard for your mother or father to pester you about doing your chores when you’re reading something substantial. We say substantial because if you’re reading a sports or celebrity magazine, they may think that doing your chores is more valuable. However, if you’re reading one of the classics or a biography, they may just leave you alone.
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