Got Kids Coming Home from College for the Holidays?
Got Kids Coming Home from College for Winter Break?
Planning to Travel Anywhere for the Holidays?
Inviting Family & Friends over for Thanksgiving?
It's the day before Thanksgiving. Most colleges are starting Winter Break this week. I've already seen many of your posts on social, SO excited to have your kids back home for the holidays. I honestly thought I would be right there with you!
A couple of weeks ago, I asked my doctor how to safely have my daughter (yep, that's my girl ~12 years ago) back in my home after being at college, going through 2 airports, and sitting on a plane for 6 hours. Here is what she said. Take what you need and do what you feel is best for your family.
Protocol for Kids Coming Home from College
From my doctor...
"Safe family gatherings do get complicated in the time of Coronavirus.
(Add another COVID test before getting on the plane back to Michigan. And possibly and fourth test 4-5 days after returning.)
If you've listened to the news lately, you know about the recent (and predicted) surge in COVID cases, and the recommendations not to travel for the holidays this year. But when it comes to our own kids, the thought of not having them home for the holidays is heartbreaking, and unfathomable!
My daughter and I agonized over whether or not she should come home from Michigan. I have not seen her in a year. We've NEVER gone this long without seeing each other. I miss her terribly. Her grandparents miss her terribly.
After a long tearful video chat, we both decided it wasn't worth the risk. I'm gutted. But I keep telling myself this is temporary. Vaccines are coming. And eventually, we will feel safe to travel again.
Do What is Right for You
I'm not one to be preachy. I realize many of your kids have plans to come home or are already here. So please do what feels right for you and your family. But take precautions. This surge is no joke. Our college kids are the "wild cards" in our families. I know I would feel horrible if my daughter or I unknowingly exposed anyone to this nasty virus.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on all of this in the comments. No judgement. But I'm sure I'm not the only college parent thinking about this!
Wishing you all a healthy and safe Thanksgiving!
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