I loved that someone finally said that we need to think about the mids too in all the happenings at Kings Point. This to the new parents at Kings Point. Holidays are around the corner and through trial and error we have learned alot, so here goes... Do you have your airline tickets yet? Keep in mind that a direct flight is best especially going back to KP. Your DS/DD does not want the attention of not getting back to the Academy in time and weather is unpredictable. Talk to your child about their class schedule and triple check the Academy calendar. Do they need new glasses/contact lens prescriptions, medical prescriptions, doctor or dentist appointments scheduled? This is one we are doing this holiday season - renew driver's license. DS's has expired. Family portrait? They come home in their uniform. We do a photo for the holiday cards at Thanksgiving. Consider having an afternoon get together and have everyone come to YOU instead of traveling to them. For the holidays, think small. Money, gift cards, tickets. Don't be upset if they leave gifts behind. Internship coming up next summer? Try on all the dress clothes in case you need alterations. They do lose weight and add muscle at the Academy. Let DS/DD set the pace of how much they want to do during their time home. DS/DD will be different. Safe subjects are daily class schedule, professors, Delano, Cookie Cafe, where they like to go in the city, roommates, study groups and whom they hang out with, where they want to go for sea year, activities, clubs and sports. Don't worry - original child will return eventually, just more mature and lots more fun. Finally, have siblings return all electronics that were taken when DS/DD left. Parents, what else?