Thanksgiving break is a couple of weeks away, and many Wake Forest students will be headed home for it. Just a few weeks after, the semester will end and all our students will vacate campus for Winter Break. When your Deac comes home for break, it’s not like he or she will 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 to navigate at Thanksgiving and Winter Break:
Before your Deac comes home, it might be helpful to navigate ground rules. 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
To contact the Office of Family Engagement, please visit our contact page.
One of the best ways parents/families can help their students is to let them solve their own problems. Use the Stop, Drop, and Roll method when your student contacts you with a problem. The flyer also lists contact information for serious concerns where family intervention might be appropriate.
Select slide shows from Orientation sessions are available online.