Put new sheets in their bedroom and add some nice touches, such as their favorite snack and small gift certificates, such as a pass to the movies.
Put everyone’s schedule on a family calendar in the kitchen. This will help you know when there are days or afternoons free for everyone to hit the beach or go for a hike.
Surprise your student with a trip to someplace you always planned to go but never had the time.
Plant an herb garden in portable pots, and give your student one to take back to college in the fall, so they will have something fresh for cooking.
Find time to cook together and encourage your student to keep a record of recipes that work. Maybe start a New York Times Recipe Box together.
Start a new challenge together – learn to kayak or paddleboard, or train for a 5k.
Don’t forget to get that family photo to use on the year’s holiday card.
Of course, don’t forget the more mundane!
Let Them Sleep
When your student first arrives home, they will be exhausted. Let them sleep!
Summer jobs and internships are good to keep the student occupied, but they are also essential for building a resume.
Be Patient with Change
Your student has gained independence in college, so expect change in behaviors and expectations. Be patient and celebrate the maturity you see.
Discuss House Rules
You may decide to alter house rules to match your student’s independence. Have a collaborative conversation early on about rules and expectations.
Discuss Family Time
Independence is fine, but also discuss your expectations for family time. Be prepared to give and take!
Summer is a time for a change of pace and time to spend with family. Embrace the time you have with your college student, as these will be the last years of family time before your student launches into the real word.