You sent your child off to college this fall. It was hard. You said goodbye. You worried. You worked at adjusting to the empty nest. You worried some more. But somehow, both you and your student survived. You got through that difficult first semester. It may have gone brilliantly, or there may have been some hiccups and room for improvement, but you both made it through.
So sending your student off for the second semester should be a breeze, right? No big deal. Maybe. But maybe not.
The college parent timeline
Every parent’s experience is unique – because every student’s experience is unique. But there are some universals, and there is a cycle of college parenting for many families. If you are having a difficult time with the second semester of college, you are not alone.
One problem, however, is that you don’t realize that you’re in good company. No one talks about it. When you sent your student off to college for the first time, you knew everyone else was feeling similar heart-tugs. From articles, to the stories other parents shared, to the communication from the school, you knew you weren’t alone, and everyone told you it would be OK.