Coping With Departure: Sending Your Children Off To College

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If you’ve found yourself flipping through old photo albums reminiscing about your college bound student’s first steps, you may be experiencing something called Empty Nest Syndrome.

Empty Nest Syndrome is described as a general feeling of grief and loneliness parents or guardians may feel when their children leave home for the first time. Since a young adult moving out of their parents' home is seen as a normal and healthy event, the symptoms of Empty Nest Syndrome often go unrecognized. Rest assured you are not imagining this void.

Here are several ways to cope with major changes:

Communication
Once your child gets settled, agree on a reasonable schedule of contact so that you have something to look forward to. When you receive that email or call it will undoubtedly brighten your day.

Remember You
Pursue hobbies or interests that you may have set aside in order to provide the best life possible for your children. It’s your time now.

Support
Reach out to women in your community, at church, or on the job who have been there. They may be able to offer invaluable information and advice.

Memories
There’s nothing wrong with looking at old photos and other items from your child’s past, but how about purchasing a new scrapbook so you can chronicle their future.

Words By: Sid Powell

Source: Empty Nest Syndrome
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