Say Goodbye to Your College Kids and Hello to Yourself

After you’ve said goodbye to your college kids, it’s time to say hello to you. Imagine that you’re the woman in the photo below, journaling your way into the next chapter of your life.

Engage in an active process of learning more about what you want to do. What nurtures your creative thinking? What stimulates your curiosity? Identify your natural talents. What comes so easily you often don’t notice it? How about the acquired skills you have used successfully? Think about what you consider to be your greatest personal strengths. These could encompass, among others, attributes as diverse as a love of learning, a sense of humor, loyalty to others.

Discover what you feel passionate about. What do you really value and care about? What are your dreams? What do you imagine is your life purpose now? Take advantage of the extra time and follow your dream of returning to school or changing jobs. Join a hiking group, volunteer program or exercise class. Learn more about bridge or yoga. Put yourself front and center for a change.

Consider how others view you and your contributions. Who uses you as a role model and why? What in your life experience has led you to wisdom? Honor these insights and find ways to share what you already know well with others who could benefit.

Now, finally, it’s about you. So decide to make a start – any start. Write out some specific goals and break them down into manageable short term objectives. Reflect on their purpose and what that means to you. Consider your character strengths and personal resources – and how they will help you achieve your goals.

Want an example of what to expect at Parents’ Weekend? When packing for the events, don’t forget to take along your new attitude. It will help ease your college student’s mind about how you’re adjusting.

We encourage you to spend time looking around our website, You’ll find information on all aspects of family relationships by clicking on ‘Newsletter Library’ and ‘Nourish Relationships’, and then on the specific subjects that interest you. Write us about your concerns and ask some questions – click on ‘comments’ below this post and then follow the prompts – we want to hear from you!

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