|I wonder if they had academic kids...|
Academic Family - The main purpose of the academic family is to introduce first-year students to one another and to third- and fourth-year 'parents'. This befriending often continues throughout the students' time at University and sometimes for many years after.For the most part this is an extremely tame description of what academic parenting actually entails. So I'm going to give my version of events:
1. Make Yourself Known. In order to be a desirable parent you have to been seen out as much as possible during Freshers week, both during the day and night. Freshers will tend to approach people they've seen around a few times, so making your face known is key. Talking to pretty much everyone and anyone is also a good idea.
3. House Parties. Getting invited to a house party or after party with a group of older kids just couldn't be any cooler for those plucky first years. Rounding up a group of potential child candidates and pointing them in the direction of a house party might just seal the deal!
4. Keeping the Kids. Freshers week is over but the hard work is not! Regular coffee dates, house parties, family dinners and casual appearances on nights out are necessary to stop your kids from abandoning you! Not to mention an amazing Raisin Weekend, although that's another story.
So, as you can see I have a lot to be nervous about. I'm quietly excited though as I'm hoping this year will be my best yet! Be sure to keep an eye out for (hopefully) many stories of my journey into parenting...