House Rules for Returning College Students

Monday, July 28, 2014

Andres Arango, 19-year-old college student, lives at home with his mom. He shares a room with his sister who is a nurse. Andres Arango, 19-year-old college student, lives at home with his mom. He shares a room with his sister who is a nurse. (Amy Pearl/WNYC)

With college students home for the summer, have "house rules" changed in recognition of the new status? Have the rules set up in May held through July? Parents and college students, call in on the new rules at 212-433-WNYC (212-433-9692).

Comments [4]

steve from queens

How can you force a curfew on college students? How can you force a curfew on anyone? I am 50 and have not lived at home since after my first year away at college (for the same reasons discussed on your show) and my own curfew does not work now. as a youth and as a 50 year old, it works the same: if you have nothing to do the following day and could sleep in and have no parents on your back, you go out and it so happens that you have a lousy evening with not much talk or laughter. the evening before you must work though and set a self imposed curfew of midnight or your parents set one for you, you go out and the evening get better and better and you are meeting people and having a great time and you forget about work the next day and your parents who will let you have it and you stay out until 4 am. it has always worked that way - and I suppose it always will.

Jul. 28 2014 11:54 AM

My house? My board? My rules. If the rules chafe, you are free to move.

Jul. 28 2014 11:48 AM
John from NYC

I still feel guilty for my indifference to my mother decades ago. (Beofre cell phone.)

She said -- "Stay out as long as you want, just call."

I would neglect to do so, and a 1:00 in the morning she would get out of bed and drive by my friends' houses until she saw the car I was using parked in front of one of them. Then she could go home and go to sleep.

Jul. 28 2014 11:44 AM

Make the student listen to and memorize the 1958 hit by the Coasters-


"Take out the papers and the trash
Or you don't get no spendin' cash
If you don't scrub that kitchen floor
You ain't gonna rock and roll no more
Yakety yak (don't talk back)

Just finish cleanin' up your room
Let's see that dust fly with that broom
Get all that garbage out of sight
Or you don't go out Friday night
Yakety yak (don't talk back)

You just put on your coat and hat
And walk yourself to the laundromat
And when you finish doin' that
Bring in the dog and put out the cat
Yakety yak (don't talk back)

Don't you give me no dirty looks
Your father's hip; he knows what cooks
Just tell your hoodlum friend outside
You ain't got time to take a ride
Yakety yak (don't talk back)"

Jul. 28 2014 11:37 AM

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