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Talk, Make Space & Prepare for Students Returning for the Holidays
As you prepare to have your student home for the winter holidays, here are a few things to keep in mind…
Make Sure Your Student Has a Space. It’s common for rearranging to take place once a student has departed for school. Has your student lost his bedroom? If so, make sure you prepare a space for him to sleep and store belongings, prior to coming home. This way, your student won’t feel displaced or like he’s a burden.
Talk With Your Student About Lifestyle Changes. Rather than waiting until your student comes home, talk beforehand. It’s quite likely that your student’s sleeping, eating, dressing and thinking patterns have changed during the last few months. Try to avoid surprises by discussing these new habits and perspectives ahead of time.
Prepare Siblings for Your Student’s Return Home. If there are other children in the family, they will be anticipating your student’s arrival, too. Remind them that your student will be very excited to see them, but also will have a lot to do while she is home. This will help alleviate disappointment if there is not enough time for extensive one-on-one interaction.
Communicating with care can help ensure a happy holiday visit for all!
Reconnect with your student by…
- Planning a family game night
- Going to a coffee shop
- Sharing photos from the last few months
- Attending a local school event
- Staying up late one night chatting
- Cooking Sunday breakfast
- Asking for her help setting up a computer program
- Making cookies together the night before he heads back to school so he can share them with friends