Transitions: Sending your student back for spring
After eight or nine weeks of having your student home, most of you have to again readjust to parenting from a distance. For some parents - and students - this time couldn't arrive soon enough, especially if the student did not engage in substantial activities over Winter Term. For others, this separation brings back emotions felt in fall the student left home, especially if it was your first to head to college.
If your student was remote this fall and/or is this spring, there will still be adjustment needed by you and your student after two months away from academic work. Their routines will change (again) as they get back into the swing of classes and likely begin to keep a more regular schedule.
Remember: there is no "right" way to experience this separation and emotions include sadness, relief, anxiety, nostalgia, irritability, celebration, and/or gratification. Have faith that the transition process that began in fall is ongoing and includes a variety of emotions. Also, a reminder from the last newsletter: if your student engaged in demanding activities during Winter Term, they may need a short break to sustain their success through the end of the semester.