Students Home for Winter Break

Welcome Week

Parents and families often look forward to having their college student home for the winter break in December and January. While having everyone together again can be exciting, it’s important to remember that it can be difficult to fall back into traditional family patterns. Your student has been living independently for several months, and fitting back into routines can be awkward for both sides. Here are some tips to help make the transition less stressful:

  • At times, students can end up feeling disconnected from hometown friends. Encourage your student to see old friends during the break.
  • Consider planning family outings later in the break rather than at the beginning. Your student will likely appreciate these events – and time with you – even more when schedules become less hectic.
  • Be patient and understanding during this time of change. Growth and awareness will happen in academic and nonacademic ways.

Looking for other helpful hints for reconnecting with your student? Our Student Counseling Center also offers suggestions for families during transitional times.


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