I’m going to go ahead and state the obvious: your student is home! You might have some conflicts and conversations; yet, those may lead to some meaningful communication. Remember, you’re experiencing yet another concentrated change in your family dynamic, and there are bound to be some growing pains in the process.
For my last post until the new year and new semester, I’m going to let someone else do the talking (well, most of it). I’m going to suggest that you scan this blog post on U.S. News and World Report about what students can do over break to earn some extra money. It isn’t surprising that money is on the minds of parents and students, and their suggestions aren’t particularly novel, but they may spark an idea.
You might find yourself coming back to the suggestions after the festivities are over, and you look at your student thinking “what is s/he going to do for the next week!?”
I would also add that I read a Dear Abby recently (yes, I occasionally read Dear Abby), and in it an elderly gentleman complained that “kids” don’t shovel their neighbor’s snow “like they used to.” Overlooking the nostalgia that plagues this and many Dear Abby submissions, it’s still important to remember that your “kids” can offer to do some chores for neighbors, friends, and family, with or without requesting payment.