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Navigating a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving Break
How can you and your student navigate a happy, healthy family visit during the Thanksgiving break? Here are some things to keep in mind…
- Discuss the Rules. Students who are used to being on their own timetable at school and making their own decisions may feel restricted by “house rules” when they return home. Consider sitting down with your student right away to talk about respectful ways of doing things that can work for both of you, whether it involves the use of a vehicle, household chores, curfews and the like.
- Share Expectations Early. If you expect your student will visit a relative or be part of an all-day celebration during break, share those expectations now. That way, she can also plan her time with friends so there are no misunderstandings or hurt feelings.
- Provide Time to Unwind. Chances are that your student has been working very hard and could use a bit of downtime during break. So, don’t be surprised if he sleeps in or craves some unstructured time. Having time to unwind, especially right before finals kick in, can do your student a lot of good.
You’ll all enjoy your break and your time together more if you put these simple things in place. Happy Thanksgiving!
Agreeing to Disagree
Due to what your student is learning and experiencing at college, new topics may come up over the Thanksgiving table. It doesn’t mean she hates her Uncle Henry if she disagrees with him about something – it’s likely just a sign that she’s thinking in new ways and testing out her own opinions.
Check out the “Agreeing to Disagree” article on page one for more on this topic.