8 Things I Didn’t Expect As My Teen Leaves Home For University
The time between their arrival into your life and them leaving home seems to vanish in a blink.
As with many of those parenting milestones, your expectations and what actually happens can be quite different, unexpected, and may even surprise you. I certainly expected to feel emotional, I didn’t quite realise what the depth of that emotion would be and how it would catch me at the strangest times.
#1. I didn’t expect it to creep up on me so fast
Even though we’ve had all year of her final year of school (and the preceding years) to prepare for this moment, it just suddenly arrives. Suddenly my baby is about to leave home and it feels very strange thinking about it all.
#2. I didn’t expect to get emotional at odd times
I’m a bit of a mush when it comes to anything remotely emotional, e.g. I’ll be the one crying at the sentimental moments in movies or weeping over some sad news story. So I knew I was going to be emotional, it just hasn’t been when I expected it.
Surprisingly there were no tears from me at the graduation ceremony when she was leaving school but I found myself weeping driving to school one day at the thought that this was one of the last times I would be driving her there.
A good friend of mine gave me this excellent advice, “Be gentle on yourself”.