By Kalie Crago, Graduate Intern ’20
After a long school year, summer is finally just around the corner. But after spending such a long time away from your student, living together for four months might feel different than it did before. In fact, according to a poll posted onto the Emerson Family Facebook page, the vast majority of your students are living at home and working for the summer!
But how should boundaries and rules change now that your student is living at home? One of the most important things to consider is that they are now an adult. They’ve successfully been living on their own for a year, so make sure to treat them with the trust that they deserve. They’ve earned it!
However, they are living under your roof, so if you’d like them to abide by some rules, let them know. The most important thing to remember is to communicate with your student. Together, you can establish a set of rules and expectations that you both can feel comfortable following.
Despite the fact that dynamics may be changing in your family, it doesn’t mean that your relationship has to suffer. Treating your student like an adult while establishing a clear line of communication will ensure that you both know what to expect in the coming months. From all of us here at Emerson College Parent and Family Programs, have a great summer!