With the school year half over and my last son in his senior year of high school, I sit back and realize that I have spent the last quarter of a century raising my children. My husband and I are dedicated parents and have always been involved in both our sons’ lives whether scholastically, personally or otherwise. I am now starting to feel the effects of what some may call “Empty Nest Syndrome”. The applications to colleges have been filled out and are ready for mailing, but for some reason I find myself hesitating to send them out. Please offer some advice on how to let go a little.
Signed, Soon to be Empty Nested
One thing you need to understand is that it is very difficult for human mothers to let their little humans go. They have been nurtured for eighteen years in preparation to “fledge” out of the nest. However, when the nest gets too cozy, sometimes these little fledglings do not learn to fly. This is a time for you to start celebrating the fact that you and your husband can now go on that much needed second honeymoon that you have been talking about for years. Take advantage of travel and the things that you have wanted to do since before the “fledglings” came along. Also, remember that you can give them all the nuts and bolts throughout the years but they need to put the building together themselves. This is also an exciting time for your son. He’s embarking on a new adventure. He will be setting goals (some will involve his parents…some will not), he will make mistakes, as well as success and achievements. There will be let downs and there will be exciting doors of opportunities. One thing will always remain constant…his parents. It’s time to unlock the “ball and chain” and let your son shine to become the man you want him to be. Just remember to pay the credit card bill every month.
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