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College Kids Are Home: Should They Follow the Old Rules?

Join the weekly discussion in Patch's Moms Talk column

Moms Talk is a new feature on Nyack-Piermont Patch that is part of an initiative on our Patch sites to reach out to moms and families. We invite you and your circle of friends to help build a community of support for mothers and their families right here in Piermont and the Nyacks.

Moms Talk will also be the place to drop in for a talk about the latest parenting hot topic. Do you know of local moms raising their children in the Tiger Mother's way and is it the best way? Where can we get information on local flu shot clinics for children? How do we talk to our children about the Tucson shootings? How can we help our children's schools weather their budget cutbacks?

So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation today with a question from the Donna Schmidt, the mother of a college student back for the summer:

College kids are coming home for the summer. As parents, we love them to death. But after freshman year, the rules have changed: they think they can leave their laundry and other messes all around our now-cleaner home, and stay out until 3 a.m. like they may have done in school.

But now they're back in your house! Are the rules different? What should the rules be?  Should there even be rules?

Kim T. May 18, 2011 at 04:12 PM
I don't care about the late nights as my son is 21 and very responsible but doing laundry, cleaning dishes, vacuuming and common courtesy for a shared living space prevails and always did even when he lived at home full time. It's a matter of respect.

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