Parents, it’s hard to see your kids pack their bags to leave the nest. The place that kept them sheltered for all of these years is no longer their fulltime home. For some parents, (the luckier ones I suppose), their kids move a few miles or a few hours away. Others aren’t so lucky. These parents have to walk their children to the airport terminal to say goodbye because their kids are going far away.
My parents were part of the unlucky ones. It’s not like I haven’t been away from the house for long periods of time before. I did go away to college. However I recently took a much bigger leap and decided to move halfway around the world.
I know that my move hurt my parents, especially my mom. Her “baby” was now going to live in a totally different country. But thanks to the ever-growing world of technology and programs such as Skype, we’re able to stay close even though we’re so far away.
Parents, don’t fret when your kids come home one day to drop a bomb like, “Hey, mom and dad, I’m moving far away.” Please don’t fight them on their decision; they need your support and care. And they also need to hear your concerns. It tells us, I mean them, that you still love them.
Parents, I can tell you from my own personal first-hand experience that travel and experiencing other places and cultures can be a HUGE learning and growing experience for your children. I know it’s hard to let them go. I know the thought of not seeing them for months or perhaps even years at a time seems unbearable. And I feel for you. I do. But at some point, you need to allow them to pursue their own hopes and dreams so that they can become the awesome adults you know they’ll be.
Hopefully, your kids will return from their experiences with a greater love of life and a better understanding of the world we live in. Bless the adventurous souls and safe travels to all.
Photo Credit: David P. Ball