My oldest son just left for college 2 weeks ago and I have been miserable. He is in another state. I am a helicopter parent as they call it, did a lot for him and enjoyed it. Now I am so sad crying on and off and I hate feeling this way yet I dont seem to want to stop either. I am trying to figure out is it just missing him or am I afraid to move forward because I dont want to let go of the past. I obviously miss him but is there more to it? I am not the type of person who likes to cry in front of people or make people feel sorry for me but I have been doing it for two weeks. I analyze everything trying to figure it out. I have very much enjoyed raising my kids. Do I make sense to anyone?

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Robin - posted on 09/07/2012

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HI Kamala, i think your normal... but to be on the safe side i would have your hormones checked. some time's it's situations like this that kick it into gear... but over all i think your experiencing the empty nest syndrome. LOL... you have got to try and find something for your self. i know that's when i started volunteering, i was so used to doing for my kids... i didn't know how to do for my self, but once you get into a grove you will find it gets easier... being out of state is the hardest i think... but you can Skype, you can write letters, there are things you can do, journal is a good one. but volunteer is the best it gets you out of the house into a new situation, takes your mind off of your sadness... and allows you to do for others as you have always done.. hope that makes since... i do hope things get better for you... good luck...

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