My nest has been sorta of empty for the past 4 years. My son started boarding school in the 9th grade and my daughter graduated college in 2012 and remained on the east coast where she is happily living in Brooklyn. Now that my son is 18, and has completed high school and will soon being going east for college there is a certain emptiness that I am feeling. Maybe it is because he is now an “adult”, and I know no one from college is going to call me if he is acting up, he will be responsible for his own decisions.
Right now he is in Cabo San Lucas with 5 other boys from his graduating class, I am counting the days until he returns. I could have said no, but I know that I cannot micro manage and part of maturing is being able to juggle and think for yourself.
Do I worry? Yes, all the time, because I know that there are so many things that can happen, but what keeps me mellow is knowing we have an open communication and both my kids know they can tell us anything- the good, the bad and the UGLY.
This summer will zoom by, August will be here soon, the game system will be retired, no more clothes on the floor, no more being “uber” mom, just the anticipated 5 word texts here and there. I will plan to be on the east coast a little more, and look forward to the winter break and maybe an occasional vacation together.
So if you too will soon be an empty nester here are a few tips.
1. Have a life or revisit a previous one.
2. Figure out a method of communication texts, phone calls, skype etc.
3. Decide on a budget for incidentals…trust me they do add up.
4. Figure out visits home- the airlines know that we want our kids home for the holidays…
5. Remind them why they are in college and that it is a privilege.
6. Explore with your new “free” time…
7. Take a class.
8. Figure out what is in the college town…good outlets, thrift stores, museums, restaurants etc.
9. Don’t compare- your kid is unique and special and everyone has their own path.
10. Find and establish your fitness and well being routine.
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