You as a parent might expect this day to come when your child would grow up and move out. However, when that day finally arrives, you might feel a sense of despair and desolation that is hard to overcome. At the same time, you need to put up a reliable frame of emotional support for your child as well. Here are some points that can help ease the separation pangs when your child is about to move out.
Feel the move early
The best way to prepare for a change in your life is to envision it early. As soon as your daughter has gained admission in a college or university in a different country or state, you need to realize what it would mean. How her room would become empty and so would the need to prepare her favorite dishes, to pick her up or to drop her to classes and so forth. A constant presence of her in and around, you would be missed. Allow that feeling and realization to sink in. Discuss the same with your near ones as well as your daughter and allow the feelings to be expressed. This is a healthier way for you as well as your child to deal with the emotions than facing them when you separate. Along with planning what to take to university you need to allow the emotions and feelings to vent as well.
Prepare for the change
The next step to take is to plan for the changes it would bring about in your life. While your daughter will get caught up in campus life and all the excitement it would bring, you need to figure out how to deal with the extra time in your life. While planning gifts for new university students is a great way to ensure that your daughter has a great beginning of her college life, you need to give her space to handle things on her own as well as find something to do with your life. If you have been a working mother, it could be a good time to devote to advancing your career opportunities by taking up further responsibilities. In case you have been a stay at home mom, find a new hobby or enroll in a vocational course as soon as your daughter moves out. This needs to be done early so that the period of separation is handled more easily.
Give her some space
The worst thing you can do is to hound your daughter with calls through the day to know how she is doing and how are her classes and friends. Expect her to have less time for you as her new life is filled with activities and classes as well as new friends. Trust her judgment and besides ensuring that she is safe and healthy, give her the space she needs.