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Holiday Countdown, Day 3: Planning Winter Break

By December 15, 2010

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The Nutcracker (Photo courtesy Fokko Veenstra/Stock.Xchng) No. No French hens. The poulets can worry about their own 3rd Day of Christmas. Everyone's coming home for the holidays and it's time to plan some fun. If you have a college freshman, you're about to discover that winter break feels very different from Thanksgiving break - and if your kids are older, well, you're going to be reminded very soon! The long winter break may be lovely, but it also brings new challenges, including boredom, family rifts and, often, culture shock. You may have treated your college kid like a guest over the Thanksgiving break, but that sleeping-till-2 p.m. thing is going to get old real fast. So here's day 3 of our holiday tips:

Winter break survival begins with three things. Communication is key. Empathy too -  your freshman may be discovering that his beloved high school buddies are not as cool as he remembered, and that discovery unleashes all sorts of feelings of guilt, angst and anti-homesickness. Plus some holiday fun.  Your kids are grown-ups now. Plan some grown-up fun - a jaunt into the big city for dinner, a night at the theater, and more.

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