Leaving Home Quotes (34 quotes)
2018 - A Father's message for Daughter going to College
Saying goodbye to your college-bound kids
Sending your son or daughter to college is a milestone and the start of a new phase for both of you. It can be a special but bittersweet time. My goal is to give you some ideas of what to write in a card to them as they begin this new life adventure! Need some help with what to write in a note to send along with a batch of cookies? These messages will work for those occasions too. A care package is sure to make your child, who is away, feel the love of home. I remember you waving to me as you got on the bus and headed off to school for the first time.
In August of every year I see the posts and get the emails. I know it is hard. Our first son went to college in the city where we lived, so we got a somewhat break from this one — although even them moving in a dorm room across town is hard. And the empty spot at the dinner table. And the laughter.
As many of us prepare to bid farewell to our university and college-bound children I was reminded of an article I read recently in the paper. A journalist asked a number of her women friends what advice they'd give their daughters on growing up. It was a beautiful article and reminded me of the letter I'd written to my daughter as she left for university five years ago. We face so many transitions in midlife and our children leaving the nest is one of them. It's bittersweet. We're excited for them as they embark on this next stage, I remember my excitement leaving home.
For many parents, saying goodbye to a daughter or son headed off to college is one of life's most wrenching moments. As a parent, you want to leave your child on an upbeat note, and you may try to squelch any worry or sadness. Don't fight it—it's a natural response. After all, a child who's been a primary focus of your life is about to strike out on their own, and your role will be reduced. There are lots of ways to minimize the tears and roll with the changes, making the parting process easier for college students and their parents. Your child's senior year is pressure-filled with worries about college applications and acceptances, concerns with maintaining grades and doing many things for the last time.