After nine months of studying and taking exams, you might look forward to a summer of no classes or stress. But if you're leaving campus and going home for the summer, you might dread a summer at home with your folks. Undoubtedly, you've grown over the past school year. And while you might feel like an adult, your parents might think otherwise. Fortunately, there are simple tips to survive a summer at home after living in the dorm.
1 Talk to Your Parents about Expectations
Problems can arise when you and your parents have different expectations. Before coming home, have a heart-to-heart discussion with your parents. What do they expect from you this summer? Do they expect you to get a job? Will you have a curfew? Getting everything out in the open can alleviate problems this summer.
2 Follow the Rules
At the end of the day, it's your parents home, so you have to follow their rules. Don't make life harder for yourself by purposely ignoring any rules about curfews or chores around the home.
3 Take a Trip with Friends
If you feel too much time with your folks will cause tension, plan to stay busy. If you're able to, plan a road trip with friends. You can check out a few destinations a few hours away from your house. Maybe spend a couple of days in the big city, go camping or head to the beach.
4 Get a Job
If you don't want to spend your entire summer sitting in the house with your folks, look for a part-time summer job and put some cash in your pocket. This is an excellent way to start building your savings account. And with a job, you can start planning for next semester's expenses. The money you earn can go towards getting a parking pass on campus or you can pay for your books.
5 Pick Your Battles
The truth is, you and your parents won't see eye to eye on every issue. But it's important to pick your battles. You don't have to fight your parents on every little rule they make. Doing so makes the situation a lot worse, and it can make for a miserable summer at home.
6 Prove You're Responsible
If your parents are treating you like a child, prove you're a responsible adult. Getting a job is one way to prove this, or you can take the initiative around the house. Don't wait for your parents to ask you to complete chores. If you see something that needs attention, go ahead and do it. This might include cutting the grass, washing the cars or cleaning the house.
7 Plan Family Activities
Summer isn't only about hanging out with your friends and relaxing. This is also a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with your family. Speak with your parents and your siblings to see if you can plan activities on the weekends together, or maybe take a family trip somewhere.
After living on your own for nine months, moving back home can be an adjustment. But if you continue to respect your parents' rules, and if you talk to them about expectations beforehand, you can alleviate a lot of unnecessary stress and have a fun, fantastic summer at home.
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