School’s Out For Summer: 5 Tips For Family HarmonyArticle posted on Tuesday, July, 12th, 2011 at 11:09 am by Dr. Nancy Berk (No comments)
After semesters of freedom, moving back home can be confusing for college students. Greeted by gushing relatives, overflowing refrigerators, and clean bed linens, who wouldn’t begin to expect continued concierge service? The problem? Your “hotel” isn’t staffed for that. Here are 5 tips that’ll help students get back into the family zone.
Tip 1. A morning wake-up call is actually in the a.m.
Tip 2. Sure you miss your college friends and university stomping grounds, but bite your tongue before you suggest that the tuition check writers have chosen a boring lifestyle.
Tip 3. The kitchen is open 24/7 but you are the clean-up crew. Please refrain from burning the grilled cheese. 3 a.m. smoke alarms are disruptive.
Tip 4. A wet towel on a dorm floor means you took a shower. A wet towel on your bedroom floor means a lecture on mold and water stains.
Tip 5. Think of your parents as professors. As they hurl tons of questions at you, try to answer like you’re being graded. Omit eye rolling, sarcasm, and that catchy phrase, “You can’t tell me what to do–I’m in college”.