Many parents experience a mix of feelings when sending their children off to college. Those feelings might include depression, a sense of loss of purpose, stress and anxiety and are often associated with empty nest syndrome.
I’m no stranger to the process—last month my husband and I dropped our youngest child off to begin her freshman year at college. My emotions ranged from excitement and pride in my daughter, who was about to embark on new adventures, to feelings of sadness. No matter how excited I was for her, I knew I’d miss seeing her everyday, making her favorite dinners and watching her play school sports.
Despite the emotional roller coaster, empty nest syndrome may have some positives. Studies show that many people report an improvement in their marriages and other relationships and are happy with their newfound sense of freedom. For many parents, it’s a time to pursue new hobbies and adventures.
Struggling through the process is normal, though. Here are five tips to help get you through those first months.
This September Dr. Durlofsky is running a group for empty nesters. To join, call her at (610) 527-1107.