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How To Get Over Your College and Leaving Home Anxiety?

Mar 8, 2008
In many cases, when people are talking about college and leaving home anxiety they often refer to college students. Most often in reality it's the parents who are going through most anxiety and nervousness.

Let's look why this is so. Most parents have an inbuilt need to protect their children; that's the norm for being a parent. As their kids are leaving for college it might be the first time their children are away from home and on their own for longer periods of time as college is certainly not a weekend sleepover! What can parent do when they think of their children in college and they get hit with the college leaving home anxiety?

They'll Be Back

Usually most children come home for holiday breaks and these happen quite frequently, few months at the most. Thanksgiving in USA is only about 10 weeks after the first semester of most schools. While it is normal to have college leaving home anxiety, but just remember that the children will come home often for holidays, summer breaks and seasonal breaks. This will help to break up what can feel like a very long time without them.

Be Excited For Your Children

As your children have grown up and you have been there for them, sharing all their victories, losses, achievements and goals it can feel that they are moving on without you, leaving you behind. You should look at this from their perspective as well and that way deal with your college and leaving home anxiety. It's a huge step for them towards adulthood and being on their own and they probably feel excited for it. If you can just try to feel happy and excited for them as well.

Be Ready

Usually parents visit their kids' college campus and dorm area, just to see the environment and get the feel of the atmosphere and perhaps to see their friends and professors as well. That can alleviate some of the college and leaving home anxiety you might be feeling. You can see where your child lives and who she or he spends his time with. You'll also see that the college personnel and professors will be looking out for them as well.

College and leaving home anxiety can be very difficult for both parties - parents and children. Having said that, with good preparation and a positive attitude can go a long way. Remember also that with today's technology you can "be" with your children as much as you like, regardless where they live. You can use email, Internet phones like Skype (for free!) and regular phone calls as well. All this will help you and your kids to alleviate this anxiety at least to some extent.
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