The upper class families were generous in their shares, when asked what advice they would give the parents of USAFA Class 2021, about the cadets’ first break. The overall theme was to be flexible . . . no two experiences are the same and most expectations should be left behind.
Indulge Them . . .
. . . In Scheduling
Try standing back and letting them drive the time they are home. Let them decide who to spend time with, where and how long.
- “Don’t plan it all out for them. Leave room for them to have free time.” ~ T. Washer
- “I would recommend that you don’t over plan family gatherings, but rather, let him or her choose how to spend those 4 days.” ~ N. Echeverry
. . . In Chores
Fill the time they are visiting friends with taking care of logistics. Laundry, mending, shopping for needs, including clothes, are all suggested ways to fill time and help your cadet out. This just might free up some time to visit with you.
- “Stinky clothes that you’ll want to wash ASAP, stinky shoes that should live outside and get new Odor Eaters in them . . . ” ~ N. Echeverry
- “I thought his socks were going to walk out of the room under their own steam(-ing stink!)!” ~M. Pearce
- “. . . expect to sew a few buttons here or there . . . ” ~ P. Blair
- “. . . I pre-shopped and took back what he didn’t like.” ~ L. Ramseyer
. . . In Special Little Things
Run out for that special ice cream, pizza or jump at the chance to do something new.
- “My DD wanted to cook and bake and use the kitchen – don’t remember her cooking much in high school . . . she even wanted to go with us grocery shopping!?” ~ D. Landwehr
- ” . . . asked for her favorite foods and favorite local restaurants . . . ” ~B. Hahn
Please check back again tomorrow for Tip #5 and if you have not seen the first three tips check them out here.