Thanksgiving is a time for all the family to get together, and for some moms it also means all their chickens coming home to roost. While parents across America look forward to their college teens returning to the nest for the holidays, it can be difficult to know what to expect if this is your first rodeo. After all, these aren't the same kids that used to help you bake the pumpkin pie - they're fledgling adults that have been fending for themselves in the dorm-room wilderness. With that being said, it might be an idea to sit back and have a little think about what you can expect from your teenager this Thanksgiving.
They'll probably be starving. If you were lucky enough to go to college then you'll remember what it was like trying to get by on a shoestring budget. Ramen became a major food group for you, and it's likely to be the same for your teenager. Don't be surprised if they set up camp in the kitchen for the majority of their stay.
Get ready to cook. Can you tell that the holidays are going to majorly center on food? Moving out of the family home can be a daunting experience for college goers, but in the excitement, they often forget the little things - like mom's cooking. You might want to consider devising a menu full of their favorite meals. They'll appreciate it!
Lots of sleep. College is hard. Not only do you have study your butt off, but the social aspect of it means that teenagers often burn the candle at both ends. Once they're well-fed, they'll be looking for a bed in a room that they don't have to share with an annoying roommate. Let them stockpile those z's for the sake of their sanity!
Give up your car keys. The majority of college students don't have access to a car, especially in those first years. If your child is confident behind the wheel and used to frequently drive, then they're most likely itching to get in the driver's seat. Be prepared to be the passenger for the duration of the holidays.
And lastly, stock up on detergent. You'll be doing a lot of laundry.