When your college age children are home for the summer, they are usually busy. They have summer jobs, maybe a summer class and even a busy social life reconnecting with their friends. The key to spending time with them while they are home is to schedule things they like to do. Where they will put away the phone and really talk to you. Obviously, vacations are great for getting them away from distractions and reconnecting as a family, but finding a week for everyone to get away isn't always possible with part time jobs. One solution is a long weekend, so they only have to ask for a day or two off work.
Attending sporting events are always popular with this age group. Make a fun day of it and head to lunch or dinner at a restaurant near the ball park. We love going to the Comerica Park, in Detroit to see the Tigers. There is a barbeque restaurant that my daughters love and we make it a tradition to go there too.
One of our favorite things to do is go out for breakfast. It's usually quick and mornings are usually their free time. But don't make them get up too early! Offer a college age kid, pancakes, bacon and coffee and they will always say yes :-)
Another thing you can do right at home, that gets them engaged, is a cooking lesson - a great skill for them to learn as they begin to live on their own. I have been encouraging my girls to learn to cook some of their favorite recipes, so they know how to make them.
Or, have a bonfire at night, complete with marshmallows. Get them out of their room and away from the tv, by making it special and out of the ordinary.
Keep things fun, without pressure and you will make wonderful summer memories while they are home.
Have a great weekend!
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