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I am the mother of an only child and it has just sunk in that he is REALLY leaving the nest in several months. I am happy for him and proud of him. I know he will be okay as he has a good head on his shoulders.
The questions: How does a parent of an only child cope with the absence? He has been my focus (yes I have a career etc. but he was still the priority) for almost eighteen years.
How involved should we be? How often should we visit? (He will be a few hours away by car.) How long should pass before we contact him if we don't hear from him?
Other than the obvious (pack clothes, computer, etc.), what do we need to do before he starts school? How do you pick a food plan?
Any other comments/words of wisdom will be appreciated.