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How to Cope with a Child Away at University

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I knew this day was coming, but I didn’t think it would arrive so quickly. My oldest daughter, Olivia, is at university in Southern Ontario studying Health Sciences. I swear it seems like yesterday that I was sending her off to junior kindergarten. I’m missing her so much already and she’s only been gone a few days!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of her accomplishments. She excelled in high school and I have no doubt she will do the same in university. She’s a smart girl and will do just fine. Me, on the other hand, I’m not so sure. She’s an 8 hour drive from home so it’s not like I can just hop in the car for a quick visit. I’ll be crossing off the days until she is home at Thanksgiving.

I’ve been chatting with friends who have had a child leave the nest to talk about how they coped. I’m armed with some great tips to put into practice.

1. Stay in contact. Thank goodness for mobile phones! It’s easy to stay connected through texts, emails, social media and of course, the traditional phone call. I’m glad we have a good plan. I recommend visiting The Mobile Shop to check out their latest mobile phones and plans to ensure you and your child going away have the right one to manage all your needs. It’s great because you can stop in while you are doing your groceries and compare a variety of phones and plans in one convenient location. While you are there, make sure you check out PC mobile and their PC mobile Flex plans. I like them because you are in control of your monthly bill and can track your usage throughout the month. As an added bonus, you’ll earn PC points, too.

2. Keep busy. Nothing makes time move slower when you are just sitting around with nothing to do. Pick up a new hobby or do something you have been meaning to do when you have more time. I’m a voracious reader and have been plowing through my book shelf at the rate of a new book every other day. Reading is something I love to do and it feels nice to be able to dedicate more time doing it.

3. Take care of yourself. Self-care is important. Treat yourself for a massage or a visit to the local day spa for a facial or pedicure. You’ll feel more relaxed and at ease. I’ve been putting off going for a massage for too long and am making an appointment this week to go.

4. Clean and organize your home. I always feel better when things are neat and organized. I’m in the process of decluttering my home and it feels great! Plus, the process will keep you busy and your mind focused on the task at hand.

5. Visit local family and friends. I’m looking forward to spending time with family and friends that I haven’t seen in a while. I invited my friend from high school over to make soaps and sugar scrubs. We always say we’ll get together soon and it never happens. Make a point of reaching out to people you love, but have been too busy to visit with.

Growing up is a part of life and our kids don’t stay young forever. I know that I will adjust to my “new” normal, but it’s going to take some time. Thankfully, I have a great support system to help me out.

What are some of the ways you coped with your child leaving for school?

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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