Is your child preparing for college? Do you need support for the big day and beyond?
Nobody told me that watching your children prepare to leave home, and then actually leave, would be this hard. Nobody ever said, "hey Leigha, when they leave the nest it is going to break your heart."
Taylor just graduated Magna Kum Laude (sp?) from Tech. He was home for a week and is now spending the summer about a 3 hour drive away from us. He is interning with a structural engineering company for the summer and then he is heading to Texas in the fall.
He has already mentioned the possibility of staying there when he is done with school. His great uncle works for a structural engineering company and he really wants to get Taylor in with that company. If that works out, he will be traveling all over the U.S. working on bridges. What an amazing opportunity for him.
You know, I can remember when he was getting ready to go off to Tech. I was not handling that well at all. I reached out to some other moms who already had children off in college, or on their own. I was in need of support, but....
When a child heads off to college, it is a big step. Here are some tips that may make this a little easier for you.
Tips For The Transition
1. Remember that it is about your child.
Keep in mind, that while you may be on a roller coaster of emotions, your child is dealing with a lot as well. This experience is all about him.
2. Discuss communication plans.
If you are someone that likes to hear from your child a lot, you need to keep in mind that at first, there is going to be some adjustment. She is learning her way around campus, making friends, and so on. Aside from that, be sure to discuss with her your desire to stay in touch and then make a plan.
3. Send care packages.
Put together a box of some of his favorite things and send it to him.
4. Make plans for the day after you drop her off.
Plan a fun activity for the day after you drop her at college. This will help keep you busy so you don't notice how much quieter the house is with her gone.
Proverbs 22:6 NKJV Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Dear Father, thank You for blessing me with these years as being a mom. Thank You for allowing me this time to care for these children. Father, I have done the best that I know how in training them in the way that they should go. I place each child in Your hands, Father, and pray that as they continue to grow and mature that they will remember what they have learned and not depart from that knowledge. Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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Do you have any tips that you can share that might help this transition go smoother?
Do you have a support system to help you through this time?
Do you have an activity planned for the day after you drop your child at college?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.
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