You have gone off to college, discovered your new found freedom, and now are returning home for the summer. How do you live cohesively in a home where the rules that once were, seem stringent and overwhelming? You may find that your expectations differ from your parents. What once was – before your leap into college – may not be when you return home. Your likes, habits, and even your style of dress may have changed.
How do you help make things run smoothly for you and your family? Here are a few tips:
Tip 1: Understand that your parents have your best interest at heart. No matter how old you get, or where you lay your head an night, they still worry about you and want the best for you.
Tip 2: Be respectful of your parents’ needs and wants. They got you this far, they must have done something right.
Tip 3: Talk to your parents. You will notice – things such as curfews, money, use of the car, and even the company you invite into your parents’ home can become an issue. Talk to your parents and find a common ground that you can all live with.
Tip 4: Let your parents know that you are happy to be home with them. It is easy to get caught up in spending time with your friends or other activities that keep you out of touch with your family. Letting them know how important they are in your life and how much you appreciate the fact that they have helped you achieve your goals will go a long way in achieving the type of healthy relationship every college student wants and needs.
Make it a great summer!