It's that time of year when so many parents are getting their kids back to school. I also know quiet a few moms sending their kids off to college for the first time. All I have to say is what an accomplishment!!!
There is so much emotion when you first send your oldest to college. All you can remember is his or hers first steps, their first day of kindergarten, all the years of sports, camps, and dances. Emilio, my oldest graduated last year in May and it still feels strange having an "Adult" son with a real job and not living at home. The years certainly do fly by.
The things I learned when I sent my first off to college is the following:
Let them enjoy their college years and let them be responsible for themselves. Best thing a parent can do is allowing their child to spread their wings and learn from their mistakes and rejoice in their accomplishments.
The first year they will be home more often than usual. By the third year you will barely see them outside of Skype.
Stay involved and informed....but from a distance. Be ready to listen to them and start telling them about your life without them, let them see that you are doing okay as well because believe it or not they do worry about you.
And above all let them know that you will always love them and to be proud to look in the mirror and be proud of that young man or woman they are becoming.
Cheers ladies to a job well done!!