The moment you've alternately dreaded and anticipated for years is finally approaching—your son or daughter is getting ready to move away to college. There were times—when you were battling temper tantrums, cleaning up messes or dealing with teenage social angst—that you might have thought this day would never come. But now that it's here, you're not ready to let go!
When your child leaves the nest, it may seem like your life as you know it is over. But it can be a new beginning for you. Whether the big day is weeks or years away, you can start preparing now to deal with the grief and excitement of your child's newfound independence, and make a plan for this new chapter in your life.