Bringing Back an Oldie but Goodie-R-day advice for parents

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by bossf51, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. bossf51

    bossf51 Parent

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    1. Arrive early, at least a half-hour before your assigned time...parking and other logistics are tight on r-day.:redface:

    2. If you can, get your swab to eat a good breakfast that morning, without overdoing it. It is a long and stressful day so a good meal is important.:frown:

    3. When you get to the check in line, back off as much as possible and let your swab take over. I've seen parents carrying paperwork and hovering around many times.:thumbdown:

    4. Once you drop him/her off a the line, proceed to the parent events which are scheduled. You will learn a lot and get a lot of assurance from the talks and interacting with "veteran" parents.:wink:

    5. Don't try to follow your swab's company around during the course of the day. Some parents try to track down junior and it proves embarassing for all concerned.:eek:

    6. Wear comfortable shoes...you'll be walking all day...bring an umbrella as it has been very rainy in Connecticut this year. Bring yourself a water bottle...and if Granny is along for the fun build in some rest stops along the way...you'd be surprised how hilly the campus is if you haven't been there already.

    7. Have a light snack available for the time when you say your good-byes. Your swab will likely be starved and appreciate it. Don't worry about water for them as they will have a water bottle with them at all times.:shake:

    8. Don't be the parent who tries to rush the field before it's appropriate.:thumbdown:

    9. Look for the company assembly area where you can meet up with your swab. Wear some distinctive clothing so they might be able to spot you quickly. Don't try to spot your swab as they all look alike by the end of the day.:

    10. If at all possible don't cry in front of your kid...it makes it tougher on them. Save the tears for when they march under the arches.:rolleyes:

    11. If you see a kid alone, "adopt" them as not all parents come on R-day. Nothing worse than having nobody to greet you during the good-byes. I still keep in touch with a young lady who I "adopted" that day...I said to her, "I'll be your dad for today." She gave me a big hug and I think really appreciated it. :biggrin:

    12. Take plenty of pictures, including of kids other than your own. Those parents will appreciate it. If you meet a new cadet, write down their name so you can post to the parents list that you saw their swab and they're doing fine.:yay:

    These are off the top of my head and in no particular order. I'll post more as I think of them.
     
  2. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    13. Do not interrupt the Class of 2014 bleacher photo.

    Remember any time that we as parents take from the 'schedule' means that much less time with our swabs.

    As Boss stated, pre-arrange your meeting space. Parents and family, go there and let your swab come to you. Those precious moments go by very rapidly.

    Please don't stand on Bear Drive or cross over for pictures ~ way above the radar. Please remove your hat at appropriate times. Please don't yell out your swab's name as they march by ~ way above the radar.

    Please try to relax and enjoy the day and the moment your swab is sworn in. It really is the beginning of an exceptional journey and both the CGA and the cadre will take good care of your son or daughter. :thumb:
     
  3. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    and PS Boss
    a certain mom has been having very, very bad allergies lately :rolleyes:
     
  4. officer

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    Printed this little gem out and put into my take-along notebook for hubby to lightly browse, and for me to STUDY. Thanks guys! :smile:
     
  5. secretsecret

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    One of the most important things that you can do (especially if you arrive early on Sunday) is to pick a meeting place around bear drive. All swabs are in the same uniform, and all (guys) have shaved heads :D so it is kindof hard to find your swab from the others.... You only have 10 minutes, and those ten go fast when you use 4 of them to find your family.

    Another thing that will help your swab is reassurance. Tell them that you are proud of them, and that they are making the right decision. Swab summer isn't easy, but I guarantee you'll make it if you give it everything you have and commit yourself to it.

    18 hours till R-day begins.
     

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