How to survive the summer when your college kid comes home

Your kids have been away at college, so for the last nine months you haven’t:

  • Cleaned up their messes
  • Been awakened late at night (or early in the morning) when he/she comes home
  • Come home to an empty refrigerator that he (she) and his (her) hungry friends cleaned out

But now summer is here, and your college student is home for the next three months. How are you going to survive?  We already offered your kids a few summer survival suggestions. Now it’s your turn:

For the first few days, let them sleep as much as they want. They’re most likely sleep deprived from finals week and the other end-of-the-year celebration.

Make sure you have lots of good food in the house. Your kids ate college food for nine months (with occasional take-out) and are probably dying for home cooking.

Don’t make them feel as if they have to spend all their free time with you. They probably want some time to just chill and be with their friends. Give them some space.

They’ve survived a year or two or three of college, so they can definitely do things for themselves. You don’t need to cater to them.

As much as you might want to, resist the temptation to ask them lots of questions. They’ll tell you things. You’ll just have to be patient.

Don’t be afraid to show them how much you love them.

Do you have any suggestions to share? Let us know.


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