There are just a few short weeks left in the fall semester, which means most parents are thinking about how to keep students occupied during the holiday break. (Most students are probably thinking about it too, but maybe in a different way!) We get many questions from parents who are wondering whether they should be pushing their kids to stay busy and academically involved during this time. Should kids be studying? Shadowing people in interesting professions? Working on college apps?
Our short answer to these questions? No. There is only so much you can do in a few weeks’ time, especially with all of the activities associated with the holidays. With that in mind, we tell students to mostly rest and recharge before getting back to it in the spring semester. Maybe watch a few football games, play cards with the family, and bake some cookies. And for parents, we highly recommend using this time to do something relaxing with your otherwise super busy teenager.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt to encourage them to read a book too! But don’t get too wrapped up with whether it appears on college reading lists. Maybe try gifting a book you really think they’d enjoy (or that was one of your favorites) to gently prompt some reading time.
Ultimately, we hope you and your families can take a true break this holiday season and enjoy spending time with one another.
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