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Making Room for New Traditions
With Thanksgiving on its way, your student is likely very excited to participate in family traditions that hold meaning to him.
However, he may also have some ideas about new traditions, based on things he has learned at school or concepts that new friends have introduced to him.
As such, consider how to stay open to these types of suggestions. For instance, he might suggest something as simple as trying a “tofurkey” at Thanksgiving, because he is wondering about becoming a vegetarian. This may seem out of left field, yet it’s pretty typical that students will experiment and try new things during their time at college. This is just one way that may manifest itself.
Or maybe he has some thoughts about involving younger siblings in community service during the holiday season. He may be engaging in this during his time at school and want to share the “rush” of doing good with his brothers and sisters.
New cultural and spiritual traditions may come up, too. Perhaps he has a Jewish friend who has introduced him to potato latkes, a food often prepared as part of Hanukkah celebrations. Try to be open to him sharing these with the family, as well as any other exciting things he may be learning.
New traditions don’t trump the old ones – it’s just part of including your student and the things he’s finding interesting enough to share, based on his experiences at college.