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Help! My Baby is Graduating

By: Aurelia Category: Parenting A Teen

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It’s inevitable that your child is going to graduate from school eventually and you may begin to feel the pangs of empty nest syndrome. While understandable, here are tips to help you deal with your child’s graduation.

Think about it for a moment – from birth until now, you have raised your child in preparation for this monumental day – graduation. All of the worries, late night talks, helping with homework, pacing the floor during exam time, have come to this final moment. It doesn’t matter whether your child is graduating from pre-K or high school, it seems as if the years have flown by, doesn’t it?

While you may be experiencing thoughts of sadness, the fact is you brought up this child to succeed, and he or she has done so. Of course you’re proud, but at the same time you know your child will soon leave the nest and it’s hard for you to comprehend. This is a natural feeling and one you need to express. But not too long; you have lots to do. Now is the time to get into full gear and prepare your child to leave for college. He or she may be feeling homesick already and it’s up to you to put up a brave front and organize the move, ensure he or she has everything needed for dorm life.

After your child has gone, his or her departure will take some time to get used to. But think a minute. Just because your child has gone off to college doesn’t mean he or she is gone forever. You will undoubtedly receive calls every day, you’ll visit most weekends, and eventually you will come to accept that your child has grown and has taken a new path in life, one in which you will still be a part of as a parent.

Be happy, you’ve done a wonderful job! You’ve raised a successful, loving, intelligent, and caring child. Now take some time for you. Think of all of the new and wonderful things your grown child will share with you. It’s not the end; it’s the beginning of a new chapter in your child’s life – one you will be a part of for many years to come.

3 Comments to “Help! My Baby is Graduating”

  1. You make some very good points here, as many parents tend to feel sadness about this time in their child’s life, along with monumental joy. Mixed emotions about how their parental role has changed, and now that the graduating senior is likely heading off to college and careers, parents often wonder what to do with themselves.

    As exciting a time as it is for the college-bound student to head off on their own and begin building their lives, it is also a phenomenal opportunity for parents to doing things for themselves that they enjoy or never had the chance to do before. Seize the day, enjoy the freedoms coming to begin some enjoyable hobbies that will fill your time now that the kids are leaving the nest, and don’t just sit around being depressed and lonely. Get out there and do something for yourself that you’ve always wished you could do.

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  2. I am glad that you enjoyed the article. You are so right it is a time where we as parents find ourselves wondering what we will do all day and how we are going to cook with one less in the house and we just get overwhelmed with emotions.

    But again you make a good point. It is time to think about Mom and start doing things mom like to do.

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  3. Marcee says:

    It was so hard sending my first baby off to college. The whole summer was an emotional mess as we went from store to store trying to get everything he needed. That summer was not what I had hoped it would be. Luckily with my second baby going off we found We did all of our shopping in one place (fridge bedding and everything else) and it was all done in a few hours (it would have been quicker however she changed her mind on the comforter she wanted a few times). Since her school is a few hours away (someting that makes me so sad) we were able to have the site ship all of her stuff to the college for $2.95! Now that my next baby is graduating we will be shopping at for all of her things too. While I am sad that my nest is getting more empty, I am happy that I will be able to have all of the shopping done so we can spend time together.


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