This is what really happens after the college drop-offMarlene Kern Fischer
We’re counting the days until our college kids come home, aren’t you? Once they’ve caught up on sleep, winter break is a perfect chance to reconnect.
If your student will be home for more than just a couple of weeks, you get to start the new year together. Here are some great ways to bond.
Does your town have an art or history museum you haven’t visited in years…or ever? If there’s time, take a train into the city and seek out a lesser-known museum where you will encounter something new and surprising.
Ask your student if there's someone they’d love to see and give that person a call. Keep it casual — afternoon tea and cookies.
Learn to do something new together — how about knitting? Or make a photobook or scrapbook of highlights from the past year.
Is it finally time to pitch that pile of spiral notebooks from high school? Would new curtains or a fresh coat of paint brighten things up? Tackle it as a team.
Maybe they’re ready to refresh their dorm room back on campus. Gather decorating ideas from magazines or Pinterest and then get out the sewing machine or head to the mall.
Donate a few hours at the homeless shelter, adopt a family in need, visit the elderly at a nursing home or do a chore for a neighbor.
It is guaranteed to be hilarious when the family gets together to play guitar or piano or do karaoke. Sing, dance!
Take time to center yourselves and be grateful for the wonderful gifts in your lives — and for each other.
...talking about life, love and what college has been like for your student. Share your dreams and hopes for the new year ahead.