Those of you with grown children...in what ways did your teenager change in the few months before moving away? How extreme did it get? And instead of pushing you away, why don't they try to be friends with you, knowing they are leaving and this is their last few months at home? Jeez. This Christmas was so hard for me knowing it was the last with all my kids home, and my oldest was not interested in decorating the tree which is something the kids have done since they were all toddlers. It wasn't just that, but that was the beginning. I wanted things to be special but she wants nothing to do with her family.
Also...Can we talk about Empty Nest Syndrome when you still have more children at home? How does it feel when one moves away? How long do you wait for another child to take that newlyopened bedroom? How do you handle situations where the child "can't do it" and wants to move back home. My parents were the sort that one strike, you're out for good, and my inlaws have their adult children in and out constantly. I would like to be in the middle of the extremes. She is planning for this summer, after graduation.
Edited by purplerose - 5/22/13 at 5:48pm