A NEW CHAPTER HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR COLLEGE FRESHMAN’S FIRST HOLIDAY VISIT
HAVE A LAUGH Prior to the conversation, it would be wise to let your child know that you’d like to talk about their time at home and their plans. If you give them an opportunity to think about their plans, the discussion will be more productive and they won’t feel ambushed. Also, it will give you an idea of how much time they plan on spending with the family versus how much time they’ll be out with their friends. The goal is to tackle this new territory together, with open lines of communication. Your college freshman is coming home for the holidays, and you are beyond excited to see them. However, don’t let your excitement make you forget that your child has been on their own the past few months with no curfews and no one to report to. They’ve been enjoying total freedom. It may be hard to admit, but the parenting dynamics have changed. So, how do we navigate this new twist to the relationship? Respect is key. Once your child has returned and settled in, ask your child if you can discuss the parameters of this new phase of your relationship. By discussing expectations at the beginning of the visit, you can set the tone for an enjoyable, relaxing break. Keep in mind that the discussion is a two-way chat, and your child will also have expectations and requests that need to be heard and honored.
It’s a weird sensation when your parenting role shifts, and it can be a difficult adjustment. But don’t leave this visit to chance. Don’t wait until you are disappointed to talk with your child. With open communication, honesty, and respect, you and your child can determine a level of understanding that will allow both of you to enjoy the holiday season.
SLOW COOKER SWEET POTATO SOUP
3 pounds sweet potatoes, roughly chopped
5 cups chicken or vegetable stock 1 cup coconut milk
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1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 medium carrots, chopped 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1. Place all the ingredients except for the coconut milk in a slow cooker. 2. Season everything to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. 3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. 4. Puree everything until smooth, using a blender or an immersion blender. 5. Add the coconut milk, give everything a good stir, and cook for another 30 minutes. 6. Adjust the seasonings and serve warm.
Recipe courtesy of PaeloLeap.com
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