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When your child grows up and heads off to university, letting go can be hard.
If a child's first day at school is significant, when they leave home for university can feel like an irrevocable life change for you. Knowing how to say goodbye, and dealing with the sense of loss that can follow, is part of being a parent. The pain of separation can go far beyond simply missing your son or daughter after they're gone.
Some parents feel a very real sense of grief and loss; a lack of purpose or control. Because having a child leave home to go to university is regarded as a measure of success — a sign that you have prepared them for the world — the downsides are often not adequately acknowledged.
Parents are told dismissively to buck up, get a hobby or a cat and start seeing friends more — but "empty nest syndrome" can hard to cope with. The weight of grief experienced can take you by surprise, and acknowledging the depth of sadness you are going through is key to accepting it.
As the charity Family Lives says: Lots of your time might be taken up helping them to get ready, so try to take a few moments for yourself, just to acknowledge how you are feeling. In reality, it can affect any kind of parent, whether you have a separate career or not.
Having a job outside of the house can provide structure and distraction, but by no means immunisation. Family Lives found that so many parents experience pain at an empty nest that they set up a specific advice line for the problem.
Making a plan for the initial goodbye gives a framework and can be comforting. It's worth sorting out the practical aspects in advance. Are you going to drop them off in their new home, or are they getting there by themselves?
How will you travel, where will you park, what public transport will you use? And once you're there, how long are you going to stay for?
Resolving these issues well ahead of time means that on the day itself all the technical issues are sorted, and you "only" have the emotional aspect to cope with. Often, though, the physical separation itself is not the hardest part. Rather, it is the daily reality of living with your child no longer at home.
Inevitably, you know less about their life; where they are and what they're doing at any given moment of the day. And worrying about their welfare can exacerbate the feelings of loneliness and loss.
Communication is key; you need to give your child space to become independent and enjoy their new life, but staying in touch and finding out how they are is healthy.
Denise Culver, an American mother with two children, believes that technology has made it much easier to cope with the transition of a child leaving home; she says that it enables us "to live much more enriched, thoroughly communicated lives with our kids".
When her son left home to go to university, they talked daily — whether through text, email, Skype, or on the phone.Advice for parents: how to say goodbye when your child leaves home When a child heads off to university the sense of loss can feel unbearable, but planning ahead can help you cope with this new.
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