5 Things to Know Before Your College Student Comes Home For the Holidays

Whether it happens over fall break, Thanksgiving weekend or winter vacation, your college student will be returning home – a place that is familiar and often a place of refuge where they can let go and just be themselves. Your teen is looking forward to relaxing, sleeping in their own bed, eating non-cafeteria food, and unwinding from the academic and social pressures of college.

New college parents envision a “running toward each other with open arms” welcoming home scenario with their teenager, but the reality of your teen’s visit is often different than expected. Below are a few tips (and a few mistakes that well-meaning parents make) about how to make their visit home as successful as possible.

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