Surviving Winter Break

Having your freshmen come home for Winter Break can be great - but it can also be stressful.  To avoid conflict and make the most of your time together, we asked some older and wiser sophomore students here at the University of New Haven to give us their best advice.  Here are some do's and don'ts they provided:

Don't wake me up too early in the morning!  Staying up late and waking up late are routine.

Don't get mad if you find me in the kitchen having a 3am snack.

I know I am "your baby" but please try to not treat me like a kid.

Please understand that a nap is now a necessary part of my day.

Could you consider whipping up some of your specialty cuisine - I missed it while I was away!

Please free to throw in a load of laundry for me... I've been saving it up for a few weeks now.

On a more serious note, here is some advice from the Office of Residential Life:

Communicate clear expectations.

Be willing to compromise.

Give advance notice for important plans or family events.

Allow time for old friends to reconnect - they have a lot to catch up on!

Expect some changes in habits.

Discuss future plans without pressure.

Spend some quality time together!

Holidays are a time to celebrate with the ones you love---even if your student does get on your last nerve every now and again!  Although your student may not say it or seem too excited-they are ready and excited to come home! 

Happy Holidays From the Office of Residential Life!!

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