Concerned about your college student being home due to coronavirus? 5 tips to make it more cordial

Ways to make the best of an unexpected situation

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If you’ve had a college kid home for a few weeks by now in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, hopefully you haven’t driven each other too crazy by now.

OK, that last part is said somewhat in jest, but it still likely hasn’t been the easiest of adjustments for college students and parents, with the outbreak forcing most universities to do online classes only and requesting that students go back to their hometowns, if they’re able.

With there still being time left in the winter semester and summer quickly approaching, here are five ways parents can help make it a peaceful time for all, if a college student has come home early to quarantine.

Be clear about house rules.

After being away from home for a while, any college student probably doesn’t want to hear the “You live under our roof, you live under our rules” speech.

But it’s still necessary in order to establish boundaries and expectations that can help all parties co-exist, according to CollegiateParent.

Give your kid space and privacy.

Even while setting some ground rules, it’s important for parents to respect that their college student is an adult and needs some of his or her own space to do work or to just have time for themselves -- something they got quite used to while away at school.

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