Beyond the Pumpkin Pie: When Your College Student Comes Home for Thanksgiving

For many students and their families, Thanksgiving Break will be the first extended trip home from college.  It’s a bit of an appetizer for the longer Winter Break to come.

We’re excited to have our student home. We have plans.  We’ve been baking and cleaning and thinking about those long, important conversations.  We’ll have a chance to catch up and learn all of the details about our student’s life at college.

Maybe.  Be careful.  Don’t expect too much. Be prepared so that you can make the most of the time that you have.

There will be plenty of time for more extended conversations over the longer Winter Break, but you need to give your student some space to relax and regroup for the final push of the semester. This will be a good time for a check-in, and with some thinking and planning you can make the most of the short break.

We’ve collected some College Parent Central articles that may help.  Check out the list below and read the ones that might be most useful to you.  Think about what it will be like to have your student under your roof again, how you can make the most of your conversations, what problems might surface, and how you can supply plenty of encouragement for the final push of the semester.

Home again!

Returning Home from College: Reverse Culture Shock

Shaking Up the Nest: When Your College Student Comes Home for Break

Welcoming Your Student Home for Break: What to Expect

Welcoming Your Student Home for Break: What You Can Do to Prepare

When Your College Student Can’t Get Home for Thanksgiving


Talking turkey!

Don’t Talk to Your Student This Thanksgiving!

Communicating with Your College Student: Are You Listening?

Communicating with Your College Student: Are You Reading Between the Lines?

Twelve Things You Can Do to Help You Listen to Your College Student

Keeping the Dialogue Open with Your College Student

College Parents, Hold That Advice!

Six Suggestions to Help You Talk to Your Student on Break


How’s it going?

Help! My Student Wants to Drop Out of College!

Helping Your Student Avoid ”How Do I Tell My Parents” Fears

When Your College Student Changes Major

”I Don’t Want to Go Back!” When Your College Freshman Wants to Quit

Helping Your College Student Cope with Stress

When Your College Student Is Struggling or In Trouble

How to Tackle Tough Conversations with Your College Student

When Your College Student Is Unhappy

How Parents Can Help College Students Value Their Mistakes

Should My College Student Withdraw from College?


The last lap!

How Can Parents Help College Students as the Semester Ends?

The End of Semester Push: Can Parents Help?

It’s Final Exam Time! What’s a College Parent to Do?


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