Make a Plan for the Big Day
The house might never feel emptier than it will when you come home after dropping off your son or daughter at their dorm—so make plans to do something to distract yourself.
When a mother named Maureen sent her oldest daughter to college, she says she cried for three days. Then a week later, she had to face another separation when her triplets started kindergarten. Rather than facing an empty house for the first time in 20 years, Maureen had a plan for her triplets' first day of school. She threw a party for herself, making sure her friends would be there when she returned from dropping them off.
After dropping off her youngest child at college, Cathy Brody and her husband took a two-month road trip. "It was a great idea. We had not been together alone without children for 21 years, and it was a delight," she says.