Worried about easing the transition between the freedom of living on your own and the three loooong months of summer with the parents? If you’re looking to keep on Mom and Dad’s good sides (so you can skip the weekly family trip to Aunt Ethel’s, maybe?), a little proactive behavior can go a long way. Here are 5 easy ways to remind your parents just how adult and responsible you are (so you can borrow the car for that date on Friday night).
Take Out the Trash. Seriously. Part of living at home (read: FREE RENT, FREE FOOD, FREE LAUNDRY!) is pitching in, and your parents will be pretty thrilled if you get down to work–especially if they don’t have to threaten you first! So take out the trash, keep the clutter to a minimum (at least in shared family spaces), and banish half-empty juice glasses before they mold. 😉
Be Family Friendly. Whether or not they know how to express it, your parents are probably pretty excited to have you home–after all, they know they’ve only got a few summers left before you fly the coop for good. If you want to ditch the guilt trips about going out on the weekends, try setting up a time for quality family bonding. Initiating will not only make you look good (Wow! A college student who SUGGESTS family time?!), but also allows you to choose the time that works best for you. Sweet.
Cook Dinner. All year long you’ve been picking up cheap & easy recipes even a kitchen newbie can handle (and I should know–I am no pro chef). Whip up an easy family meal (be sure you increase the recipe to feed more people!) and show Mom and Pop just how responsible you’ve become. Bonus points if you do the dishes afterward.
Siblings, Too. Show your parents you’re really making an effort (and give your sibs some love–after all, you left them home alone with the ‘rents!) by making a date for some sibling time, too. Older sibs can hit the beach or grab lunch, but if you’ve got little kids in the family, why not take them to a freebie kids movie (theaters like Regal offer them once a week all summer long). They get all the fun of the big screen, and you don’t have to spend a dime (or come up with ways to entertain them).
Talk the Talk. I’ve mentioned this before, but talking (like an adult) with your parents is key if you want to be treated like an adult. Discuss what you’re hoping to get out of your summer, listen to what they want, and try to find a healthy, happy middle ground. I know this doesn’t sound fun, but the sooner you have this little chat the better–you’ll all want to know what to expect so you can get your head in the right place for an enjoyable (or at least bearable!) summer.
And just FYI, at least in my experience, a good hug now and then never hurts your case. 😉
5 comments May 28th, 2010