Parents all over the country are anticipating their young adult kids coming home for the holiday break. For some, it’s the first time they’ve been home since they sent them off and set them up for the college school year. Home will feel like home again.
Likely, they’ll bring their laundry, too.
If you’re one of those parents, you’ll see them walk in with that laundry bag slung over their shoulder, and in that moment, you’ll have a choice. (But more on this in a minute.)
Your college-aged child has been away for almost four months. This is a blink of an eye for a parent, but a crucial chapter for your emerging adult child. They’ve tasted life on their own, made their own decisions, set their own hours, navigated their own dilemmas, encountered their own relationships, and resourced their own challenges.
The child you said goodbye to in the fall isn’t the same one who’s coming home this holiday season. Beyond their laundry, they’re bringing home other things that you need to consider.