For many students, Thanksgiving break is the first real, long trip home that they've taken since starting college in the fall. And for just as many students, that first trip home comes with quite a few surprises.
Even though, in your mind, things are pretty much the same as they were when you left for school ... you might notice, once you get home, that things have changed quite a bit more than you realized. You are used to a lot more independence (when's the last time you had a curfew?) and have been making a lot of your own choices without having to check in with anyone. For your parents, however, they still expect you to abide by the rules of their house.
Fair enough: This is one of those situations where both parties are right. You are more independent and used to making your own decisions and living your own life, and your parents are entitled to expect people living in their home to follow the rules. If you need some help adjusting to the specifics of what this might mean during your trip(s) home, check out the following articles for tips and tricks: