Dear Dr. Laura:
I recently had a major challenge as a parent. Last month, I dropped off my son for college out of state. He received a basketball scholarship, which is why he went to school far away from where we live.
It turned out to be one of the hardest moments of my life! I had him when I was a teenager, and much of my identity has been wrapped up in him. We had never spent more than three days apart our entire lives.
But instead of being sad and depressed, I focused on what a wonderful opportunity he had been given, and how happy he had made me. It's been a huge adjustment for me, but I know he's exactly where he needs to be, doing what he loves, and it's time for me to let him out of the nest to fly, while I get to focus on the next chapter of MY life.