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When Your Children Leave Home


By Nikki Willhite

When you child is older, obviously there will come a time when they will be away from home for extended periods of time. Some parents welcome this, while others have a hard time dealing with their absence.

Whatever the case may be, donít forget about them because they are not living in your home. I went away to college for 4 years. I had many roommates. I had roommates with parents who regularly called them, and sent them presents, and other roommates who never even received letters from their parents.

The girls who were "forgotten" didnít realize that their parents were a bit "cold" until they saw how other parents acted. It was very sad.

Donít expect your children to call you. They donít have the money. Do not react. ALWAYS ACT! This is one of the biggest lessons to learn in life, I think, to make you a better person. No matter what the situation (not just with kids) always ACT and not react. Do not let anyone else dictate your actions.

Back on point- call you kids, even if itís hard to reach them. Send them letters, and occasionally presents. Cookies are great. One other thing you can do is to wrap your presents in your local paper. They might enjoy reading news from your home town.

The adolescent years are when children make some of the most important decisions that affect their lives. Do not be fooled by their appearance, which seems very adult like. They are still your children. Keep your affection and interest in their lives apparent to them. They may need to turn to you for some of the most important counsel you will ever give them.


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