| 03.19.2018

Moms matter


Events like Moms’ Weekend encompass the Vandal spirit

Attention students: Your mom misses you.

Between the unanswered phone calls and limited visits home, it’s no wonder most moms and dads feel a loss when their child goes off to college.

Luckily, the University of Idaho Moms’ Weekend has been bringing moms to campus for decades.

This weekend is a great opportunity to catch up, create memories and have fun with other Vandals and their parents.

It might seem like a hassle to wake up early for a Saturday morning brunch, but spending time with your parents means the world to them, and besides, who can say no to what is likely a free breakfast. And really, it’s the least you can do for the people who devoted years of their lives for your benefit.

They miss you, and more often than not, they’re interested in learning about your life in Moscow. Taking your parents on a personalized tour of campus and introducing them to your friends is a good way to show them what it’s like to be a Vandal.

From the annual Turtle Derby to the wine and cheese tasting event, there are many things for students and their parents to participate in.

And while the events are great, moms and dads often just want to spend time with their kids, no matter what they’re doing, so checking out downtown Moscow or East City Park is a great way to spend an afternoon this weekend.

But remember, anyone can be a mom — a mentor, professor or friend. There is certainly no biological test to participate in the Moms’ Weekend events or just to spend time with each other.

If your parents can’t make it this weekend, make sure to give them a call or send a hand-written letter. It can go a long way and will most certainly make their day.

At a time when students are coming into the most independent part of their life, Moms’ Weekend allows both parents and students to slow down and appreciate each other’s company. And for one-fourth of the student body graduating in a few weeks, it serves as a great time to make memories as a student before they embark into the real world.

Apart from graduation, this is the last big event weekend of the school year, and for graduating seniors, this is one of the last major weekends they have as a student.

Keep it positive, be safe and have fun. This weekend is supposed to be a time for students to relax before the final push toward the end of the school year, while at the same time allowing parents to reconnect with their children.

Moscow and UI will welcome thousands of visitors this weekend, and students should do their best to be accommodating and appreciative of the many visitors.

Events like Moms’ Weekend make the Vandal community stronger, and the work put in by students and staff should not be overlooked.


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