With many dads and moms facing a new world order in a few weeks with their daughters and sons leaving for college or boarding school, many are beginning to create a deep emotional confrontation by internally asking themselves, "Oh my God, what am I going to do?"
Sending our kids off to school is the beginning of a journey for everyone involved. For the kids it’s their first genuine journey of exploration. It's going to be an often joyous and sometimes calamitous experience of self-guidance, the development of independence, a time to thrive and discover their unique potential. Reality be told - if we have done a good job, then our child might soar from the nest to start school but will find a new joy in 'coming home.' Going to school should be as guilt-free for Mom and Dad as possible.
Keeping it together when they leave is essential to help them continue their healthy emotional development. It's not the end of our relationship but the beginning of a more adult relationship with our son and/or daughter. It's also the beginning of the next chapter with one's spouse. The Empty Nest offers a new era of privacy. The plans, the ideas, the dreams all have time and space for the creation of a new reality together. It's a time for redefining romance, relationship and reliving the core elements of why we originally committed to marriage and family in the first place.