What is your child doing this summer?

What is your child doing this summer? That is the biggest question that parents ask each other this time of year when we get together. And for a college kid these days, it is a loaded question.

Unfortunately, these days paying jobs are almost impossible to find and unpaid “internships” are equally as difficult to find. It seems that you have to start almost a year in advance to secure one. So what’s a college kid to do? Being a camp counselor or lifeguard is still a viable option. And lots of kids seem to take summer classes to help them graduate on time. Then there are travel or summer internship programs away from home.

Since college kids are usually out of school for at least three months, many seem to cobble together a few different experiences to make up their whole summer. That is what my kids are doing. They are both doing one summer session of classes, then my son found a job locally and my daughter will have two internships, one here at home and the other abroad through a program. My summer (which starts in May, as soon as one kid comes home!) will consist of a swinging front door – having one child home at a time with only a few weeks of overlap when all of us will all be home together.

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Author: Uncool Parent Posted: January 20th, 2017

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  1. Stuart says:

    I actually received an interesting and rather helpful email from my son’s school last year. Although it was more to do with what to expect from your kids and what they may expect from us when they come home on break, I think there’s some good points to glean that apply to the extended summer break too. We should all keep in mind that many of our kids especially those who have just completed their freshman year are going to feel like they’ve been through “boot camp”. Stressed out from finals, going with very little sleep, and the feeling that they’ve just had a “job” sort of speak…college! So be prepared to hear that they might not want to exert themselves or do too much at first. They may claim that they “deserve” some time off or say they may want to have fun and relax a bit. My advice, don’t get nervous and don’t allow their initial lack of motivation to scare you. The truth is they have been through a lot, that is, if they’ve been working hard and taking their school work seriously, so it might make sense to give them a little time to adjust to home life again, the rules of the house, as well as living under the same roof with mom and dad, and their siblings. Additionally, the lack of privacy, and perhaps the inability to get around easily if there’s not a car for them to use, boy that can be frustrating. These are just some of the things to take into consideration while we sit at the dinner table and push them to make that call..again…or go hunting online or in the paper and especially get them to reach out to whatever contacts we may have for them to exploit. It might be something we find easy to do but its a lot more challenging for these young adults we’ve just welcomed home. I think most of them come around, inside they know they really have to do something and the whole process is one that will help them acquire new skill sets and add value to their personal resume. So be patient, dial back the “you have to do now” meter and enjoy their return, they’ll be going back before you know it.

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