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School’s Out for Summer: 5 Reminders for Family Harmony

May 22, 2013

IMG_5511-300x200After 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. If you’re anticipating a tiny bit of transitional friction, you’re not alone. No one ever said launching children into adulthood came without frustrations. The teen tug-of-war between dependence and independence can leave the best parents confused. But if you’re trying to keep your cool, setting the ground rules at the onset is always a wise move. Here are 5 light-hearted reminders that just might get your student back into the family zone.

Reminder 1. A morning wake-up call is actually in the a.m.

Reminder 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.

Reminder 3. The kitchen is open 24/7 but you are the clean-up crew. Please refrain from burning the grilled cheese, because three a.m. smoke alarm sirens are frightening. PS: Never deactivate a smoke alarm. A loud smoke alarm is always better than no smoke alarm.

Reminder 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.

Reminder 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.” Then focus on all of the perks and free meals the summer will bring.


Note: This original article was recently published in the Huffington Post.

Dr. Nancy Berk

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, entertainment and fan base strategist, multimedia content creator, and President of Nancy Berk Media LLC. An online entertainment columnist for PARADE magazine and host of the celebrity podcast Whine At 9—featuring conversations with over 300 celebrities and show business insiders, Nancy has chatted and laughed with Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy winners, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. A celebrity favorite, she is known for her skilled and sensitive interviewing and ability to incorporate subtle humor in her conversations, shows, and stories. Nancy’s self-help humor book College Bound and Gagged: How to Help Your Kid Get into a Great College without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind can be seen in the feature film Admission starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.

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2 Responses to School’s Out for Summer: 5 Reminders for Family Harmony

  1. May 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Can someone attend this home pass-fail?

    • Kathy Minicozzi
      May 22, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      If someone is being graded, will it go on his/her transcript and how many credit will be applied toward the degree?

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