An Open Letter To My Parents

An Open Letter To My Parents

The college kid who is grateful for the things you have done and will do
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Mom and dad let me start out by saying thank you. Thank you for giving me life and raising me. I actually turned out to be a pretty good kid. May have been a pain in the but time to time but look at me now. I am all grown and in college.

It wasn't easy making it this far on my own and I have you two to thank for helping me get this far. By giving me an education starting from Kindergarten up to High School. Pushing me to my limits and telling me to buckle down on my school work.

There are times I didn't and regret it and wish I had listed to you. Thank you for all the hard work and dedication you have put into making me a better person. All the extracurricular actives you made me do as a child helped me form the person I am today.

Y'all have seen me at my worst and have seen me at my best. Helped me through situations I needed y'all the most in. Looked after me even during the times we had arguments and I stormed off to my room. Then you came in my a few moments later to tell me you love me. We had struggles to overcome while I grew up. From the friend, boyfriend, and family drama. You always gave me advice that left me questioning after we talked but I soon figured out what you meant.

Thank you for all the advice over the years. Some I am still trying to figure out and some I have taken to heart and still use today. From listening to your heart and being able to lay my head down at night knowing I made the right decision. Thanks to that I have made choices I won't regret. There have been times I didn't do that and I didn't feel right when I woke up because I didn't listen to my heart.

Thank you for everything you have done to make me the person I am today. Thank you for pushing me in school and telling me why I need a good education. I'm in college today because you pushed me hard through high school.

Y'all guided me through my first semester of college and helped me out with classes.Found the best way for me to go to be on time and made sure I was doing good. Y'all let me rant about the teachers I didn't like and praise the ones that have taught me well.

Thank you for all the fun trips and vacations we have been on and will go on in the future. The memories and unforgettable times. Y'all are a blessing and I will love y'all until the end of time.

Love,

The college kid who is grateful.

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12. "Are you asleep?"

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For any college student finding it weird to adjust to being back home for summer, back where you grew up and then left, you are not alone. A week ago, you were on your own, not having to tell anyone what your plans were, and able to come and go as you please but now it may be different. Yes, you are an adult now and can make your own rules and be your own boss but keep in mind that the people you are coming to, your parents, still need to be treated with the same respect, if not more, than before you left for school.

Now, parents, with that being said, you also need to help with this transition by giving more freedom if you haven’t in the past, there is no way you and your child’s relationship is going to be a strong one if you cannot come to some kind of agreement while they are home.

Here are some things that you can do if you are worried, struggling, or are clueless about how welcoming them back home is going to go.


1. Go over some ground rules.

parents, you have to take into consideration that you student has just been on their own for the better part of 9 months. Give them some reasonable rules, maybe a "curfew" that is just calling and checking in instead of a set time to come home. Not only will this alleviate any arguments over this, but also show them that you trust them to make the right decisions on when they come and go.

2. Be mindful of other people living in the house.

With that being said, coming home at 2 a.m. and waking everyone up is probably not being very mindful nor respectful of people who have work in the morning. Just because you are on summer vacation does not mean everyone can sleep until noon every day.

3. Help with housework.

You may not have had to clean your apartment every day (or ever) but it would be nice to straighten up the house, do the dishes, start a load of laundry, or vacuum the rugs while your parents are at work. Not only will this ease the workload that they have when they come home from a long day at work but, it will also show them that you are making an effort to help them.

4. If you have younger siblings, offer to help with transporting.

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These are just a few things that can be done to help your family, and help you not have such an argumentative summer. Avoid the arguments, enjoy the sun, and BE HELPFUL! I am sure your parents will appreciate it more than you know.

Good luck, be safe, and have a happy summer!

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