How to set summer boundaries for your college student

Jennifer Vanderlinde during study abroad
Jennifer Vanderlinde during study abroad

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) College students are moving home for the summer, and that means a time of transition for everyone involved.

Jennifer Vanderlinde just finished her junior year at the University of Michigan. She has had great experiences, like spending a semester at sea to Asia, Africa, and Europe. That was an adjustment for her mother, who had to say goodbye for Jennifer to go to college, then go abroad.

Now that Jennifer is home for the summer, her mother Michele says there is a transition time. She says both parents and adult children get used to living on their own, then they have to learn how to work together again to live under one roof. Michele says communication is important and laying out what parents expect of their adult children while they’re living at home.

Christopher Richmond, University Counselor at Ferris State University, echoes that message. He says it’s important for parents to have a conversation about the rules for their adult child. College students are used to living on their own, with their own rules at school, and may not adjust well to rules back home. Parents need to keep in mind their child’s maturity and adjust the rules as needed.

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