The Parent Trap: Spending a summer at home with the parents can be enough to drive anyone nuts.

One of life’s most unsettling (but enlightening) periods is the first month home after your freshman year in college. The pure freedom of school — freedom to make big decisions, stay out all night and make big mistakes — can make returning home a big drag. Especially once you realize home is exactly how you left it.

They say you can’t go home again. It’s true: you’ve changed, and your perspective will never be the same even when you go back to a familiar place. That’s what causes problems with the family.

You’ll realize things have changed the first time you go out with friends. Your mom will ask, “Where are you going?” or your dad will say, “When will you be home?”

I still cringe when I remember the first time my mom asked me those questions after I started college. I was used to setting my own schedule and her innocent queries sounded unbelievably intrusive.

In the old days teenagers just left home and never came back. They either got married or got jobs. But when average young adults started going off to college, a “boomerang” effect was born. Students left their parental nests seeking independence, only to return at the school year’s end.

Your parents will see you returning to their nest for the summer and they’ll plan to protect you and nurture you just like they did for your first 18 years. They don’t mean to squash your newfound independence, they’re just doing what they know.

Help them out. Let them be the best parents they can be — and by making some easy concessions, you’ll get your way in the end.

Always tell them where you are going and when you will be home. (Yes, it sounds ridiculous, but there’s a strategy here.) Tell them you are going to shoot pool, or to see a movie, or something else that’s relatively mundane. The more information you can give them, the better they’ll feel.

Tour of Duty : Spending time with your significant other’s parents can be a real stressfest.

I’m heading out to the Midwest in a couple weeks to visit my girlfriend’s family. It’s the first time I’ve ever stayed with them. I’m nervous about it, so I turned to my older brother Jack for advice.

Jack is getting married in August, and he’s made the dreaded visit to his girlfriend’s family. I asked him how I can impress the family-in-law.

He replied:

    To: [email protected]

    From: [email protected]

    Subject: Advice on meeting prospective in-laws

    1. Don’t eat other people’s food, even if they’re full.

    2. Don’t hold hands with male relatives of your girlfriend in any manner which might be construed as “different” or “special.”

    3. Don’t eat your own food with just a knife and a stabbing motion. Try to use the full range of utensils.

Apparently he was just suggesting I avoid the mistakes he made.

Knowing Jack’s inability to distinguish between being full and being sick in a Homeresque fashion, (Ooo .. my stomach doesn’t feel so good. Still some ribs left. Must keep eating) the first and third commandments of good etiquette did not surprise me. The second one required some explanation.

More Advice

#1. “Do not start any funny story you’re telling her family with the words: ‘I was so wasted,’ ‘I was so drunk,’ or ‘I woke up in this Dumpster.’

#2. Do not show them your ability to hotwire a Buick with your eyes closed.

#3. Do not make jokes about that funny mole on your girlfriend’s butt.

#4. Use the words “Sir” and “Ma’am” as often as possible.

#5. Clear the table at least once.”

#6. Talk about how you survived meeting the ‘rents.

Up All Night: Now that you have a real job, why are you still pulling all-nighters? You’re on the night shift, baby.

Night shift employees drained outSince a college student’s schedule often involves things like No-Doz and VH1’s Insomniac Music Theater, landing that first nine-to-five job has some appeal.
But what if after four years of blood, sweat and all-nighters, you find that the first real job you’re offered will keep you on a crazy schedule? Should you move back home and hold out for something better? Or is it possible to survive the real world with college-like hours?

The challenge can come in the form of an overnight position at a hospital or newsroom. It might also be a job that entails attending weekend events like business conferences or media junkets. Whatever shape it takes, when your first job requires you to trade in your pillow for coffee or your weekend wear for a coat and tie, you might feel like you’re back in college: working past sunrise, doing more than you’re getting credit for, and losing control of your personal time.

Take advice from a couple of recent grads who found that “normal” real-world jobs aren’t necessarily easy to find.

Student working a night shift job at a radio stationFind the Silver Lining
There’s good to be found in every situation, right? Well, even if you don’t believe that, it might help to convince yourself of it if you plunge into a less-than-ideal work schedule. Kerry Miller, an Indiana University graduate, didn’t mind being an overnight assignment editor at an L.A. news station. “I was excited at the opportunity because it’s not common that someone gets their first broadcast-news job in Los Angeles,” says Miller, who after eight months of working from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. was finally moved to the day shift. “I knew it was temporary and I needed a place to start.”

Bill Reese, a Berkeley grad, knew he’d be giving up some weekends when he took a job as an account executive for a sports public relations firm, even if he wasn’t aware he’d be putting in 12-hour days at events like the Super Bowl and boxing matches in Atlantic City. But he says the flip side of his often-hectic weekend schedule is a very predictable 9-5 work week.

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