Congratulations! What a significant time in your child's life and in yours! All grown up and ready to take on the challenges of a College or University. But what about the parents? Especially parents that only had that one child and their world revolved around that beautiful child. What is next for them?
It's tough saying goodbye for a few hours to someone you truly love and have a special bond with, so of course its going to be a bit of a struggle psychologically and emotionally for a parent to let go of their child for days, weeks, or months at a time when they go away to pursue the next phase of their lives.
We can even say that technology today makes it a lot easier to deal with the separation, but heck no, it's not the same as feeling your child's presence. And when a child has grown and developed into a young adult before your eyes, they sort of then become like a sidekick, a confidant, a buddy sort of speak and nobody likes to think that their buddy is going to be gone for a certain amount of time, let alone a child of your own flesh and blood.
The good news is, is that if we as parents gave them wings to fly the nest, showed them and guided them with love and focus, you can be assured without any doubt that they will be ready to flap their own wings and return to the nest/home for a healthy dose of that same love and encouragement that everyone needs regardless of how tough they may think they may be. In other words, you have done an outstanding job empowering them to take on the responsibilities of life that you have bestowed upon them. Because of this, they will always come back!
The initial separation is going to be tough, rough, and highly depressing for some and maybe not as bad for others, but know that the outcome is for everyone's growth. Growth for parents in that they can feel proud to see that their child is going to put that foot forward and pursue that field or goal that was bestowed upon them. Growth for the student, obviously because they will gain the educational and worldly experience they need in order to face the new phase of their young adulthood life.
It's exciting and scary at the same time for everyone! Its what makes us human beings... but together, we can support each other through the good, the gooder, and even the goodest! I know those aren't real words ok, but it can only get better! Hang in there parents, your love for your child extends through the miles and they feel it, thus, they are always with you!