Empty Nest

Evan - posted on 09/06/2017 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi Everyone!
I'm not a mother (i'm just a son) but I'm worried about my mom... I leave for college in a few weeks and i'm the youngest of 3 sons to leave the nest. I've really been the only person my mother hangs out with and goes out with my entire life, but now that i'm moving out im afraid she has nobody... Her only friends are online and far from where we live. My stepdad has just started online MBA classes plus he hates going out in general so there's no help from him... I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how I can make this transition easier for her as well as how she can make some new LOCAL friends?
Thank you!!

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Kathy - posted on 09/07/2017

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You certainly are a loving, caring son. Wondering if mom went out because she loved hanging with her son but is really a homebody at heart like your stepdad! Has she voiced any concerns about you leaving and not having any friends to go out with? It seems odd that she has not gone out and made friends her own age through the years. Maybe she is content with her online friends and wont have the need to go out? You sound like you have an awesome relationship with your mom, Maybe can you sit down and talk with her a bit ....you might find she has a whole different outlook. The last one to leave the nest is most definitely the hardest but not the end of the world. It may gently push her to take a class, find a new interest, join a gym.....who knows!! She is blessed to have a son like you that cares so much!

Tracy - posted on 09/06/2017

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Aww, that's sweet of you to be concerned about your mom. I have 3 sons and my last is a junior in high school, so I know what the empty nest feels like. Things I have thought about doing when my last son leaves is volunteering at a hospital or crisis center of some sort, looking for an elderly neighbor who needs help with shopping or yard work, taking a class that I might enjoy like painting or starting a new hobby. I think your mom will be just fine, although I'm sure she will miss you. Even though we miss our kids, there is much joy in watching our kids soar in life and watching them succeed. Check in with her often as she adjusts to you being gone. Praying for you both as you start this new adventure!

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