As the school year begins that wind down phase, I’ve started to dwell on the fact that my home will soon be much quieter. My schedule will be a lot less full without all of the games and events to attend. If you are like me and those thoughts are already starting to fill your thoughts, hopefully these 4 tips will help as you begin planning and navigating that difficult time.
Talking to other parents
When looking for advice and comfort, it can be helpful to reach out to parents who recently sent a child off to school. Being able to relate to other families with similar experiences will put you at ease to ask questions that any worried parent may have.
Understanding your child’s anxiety
Your child is in the middle of letting go of the past and moving on to an exciting future. During this confusing transition, it is important to understand your child may anxious and nervous for what’s ahead. This could also explain their short temper or desire for independence.
Fulfilling your to-do list
Once your child moves out, you may feel lost and unsure of how to fill the time. Redirect the focus onto yourself and your hobbies that you didn’t have time for when your kids lived at home. Make a list of hobbies, books, trips or house projects that will keep you busy.
Out of sight but not out of mind
Maintaining balanced communication is key for the transitional period. Don’t be upset if your child doesn’t want to talk every day. New friends, demanding college course loads and the excitement of a new environment will keep them busy. But no matter how busy they are, all new college kids appreciate a care package or a letter to show they are missed.
Let us know some tips that helped make the transition to an empty nest easier!