I am surrounded by wonderful friends of all ages. I am surrounded by their wonderful families who are returning home from camp, teen tours or going off to college.
It’s quite humorous to hear the variation of comments:
- I can’t wait till they go off to camp!
- I can’t wait till they leave for college!
- I can’t wait till they come home from camp!
- I can’t wait till they come home from college!
- I can’t believe my baby is going to camp!
- I can’t believe my baby is going to college!
Certainly emotions are high and no matter where you stand some families possibly may feel conflicted.
Clearly, not all kids go away to camp or go on teen tours. Not all students go away to college. Regardless of logistics, this moment in time, is a huge transition for everyone involved.
Off to college they go! By plane, train, bus or car … they are in the next stage of their lives and you are as well.
Any new empty nesters out there?
The preparation is complete: you have shopped for the bedding and their dorm room. Space is a commodity and that never changes in those dorm rooms. A rollercoaster of emotions are felt by all: tears and fears, joy and excitement. The journey will shape everyone’s life forever.
For those of us who have children still living at home, the rules and obligations will need to be addressed. This can’t be an easy feat for anyone involved. Once the delight of your child coming home has set in; reality also sets in.
The idiom, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you,” comes to mind when coping with your child who has been away for the summer. Now they have returned and communicating their “where abouts,” can be a chore. This is a comment shared by many parents.
How can we get back on track?
- House rules apply.
- Preparing for any school obligations.
- Organizing their upcoming school stuff.
- Getting in the mindset for school.
The conflicts described in this article are shared by many. Times have changed and new concerns regarding safety are present in all of our minds.
Technology is ever-changing the way we communicate and how we ascertain information, which can be a positive and a negative. Considering relationships can be viewed by all and new relationships can be developed, constant communication with our children is imperative. Whether they like it or not!
The next article will address some of the questions some of my new clients have asked regarding the new BLOCK SCHEDULING that will be in place at some of the local schools and exist in some private schools.
NOTE: Summer is still here. Enjoy the rest of the summer with your family! The best of luck to those who are attending college in the fall.