How many Facebook posts have you seen this last week where families are sharing their pride and angst as they drop their children off at college for the first time? Lots.
And why not? Heading off to college is truly an American milestone that deserves to be celebrated. Parents have been responsible for their children for 18 years and now, we believe, our bundles of joy are ready to face the world.
There are all kinds of support systems in place at colleges to help students acclimate. Freshmen orientation, resident advisers and a slew of student services are available.
But what about the parents? After that long drive home after that sweat-inducing move-in, how do parents manage?
Understandably, parents’ reactions are all over the map. In some cases there’s relief because everyone’s been counting down the days to move-in and it has finally arrived.
In many cases the drop-off is just the first step in the letting-go process. It’s especially poignant when parents are heading home to an empty nest.
Below are the postings from a friend, a mom of twin boys, when she was dropping off her first son:
After the second drop-off, she shared:
Comments from friends:
And my favorite comment: