Thanksgiving break just happened, and many Wake Forest students headed home for the long weekend. In a few short weeks we’ll be at Winter Break, when all the students will be home for close to a month. And even though they’ll be home again, as you might have discovered at Thanksgiving, it’s not like they’ll be returning to what life was like in high school. Your college student’s return home is an adjustment for both students and families alike.
Here are some of the potential things you might have had to navigate at Thanksgiving – and almost certainly will need to deal with at Winter Break:
So if you had your Deacs home briefly at Thanksgiving, you might have dealt with some of this already. Knowing that a longer break is coming in a month, it might be helpful for family members and students to set some ground rules before the holidays. That way, each party knows what to expect on the issues they most care about, and you aren’t trying to negotiate items during a conflict.
There is an old, but still excellent article online that deals with some of the key issues families and students face when adjusting to each other during the first extended stay at home following their first semester of college: http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/4228.aspx
For more information on how to contact the Office of Family Engagement, please visit our contact page.
One of the most important ways parents and families can help their students in college is by encouraging them to solve their own problems. Please bookmark or print out this Stop, Drop, and Roll flyer so you have it when your student contacts you with a problem. Also, the flyer lists contact information for urgent and serious concerns where family intervention might be appropriate.
Select information and presentations from Orientation 2016 are available online.