Son leaving for college
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|Sat, 06-16-2012 - 12:48pm|
Hello. My name is Mary, and I'm new here. My 17 y.o. son will be leaving for college at the end of this summer. The college is about 6 hours away from home. I already get teary-eyed just thinking about the day when his father and I will be driving him up there to begin his first semester!
I truly do not know how to prepare myself for this huge transition. My son is very shy, so I worry that he will isolate and feel very lonely. He has assured me that he won't do that, but still I worry. He tends to keep a lot of things to himself, and I also worry that if something serious were going on with him, he would keep it to himself so that he wouldn't worry me or his father. I also have a son who will be 15 in August, and he is very close to his brother, so I'm sure this will be a huge adjustment for the entire family.
Is there anything I can do to help ease this transition? As far as phone calls, I've read different things - some say let your son/daughter set the schedule for calling and some say that it is fine to call as long as it is not excessive. My son and I haven't talked about this yet, so I am wondering how best to handle that.
Any suggestions from parents who have been down this road before would be greatly appreciated.