Children leaving home.
This is the time of year when Moms feel so deeply sad. It's the time of year when your high school grad goes away to college. This acute sadness is normal because the texture of the relationship you have with your child is changing. They're separating their sense of self from you and it's not likely to ever be the same again. Parents want their children to make their own decisions, but it's tough letting go of the direct supervision of your child. Usually, the sadness is most felt by Moms because they lose the everyday interaction with their children and losing the job of being Mom. There isn't much you can do to prepare yourself for the sadness of this time. It is a normal part of life and the sadness will slowly lift as you enter your new phase of life. This week Dr. Jankovich discusses the new role of the parent in these times. It's important to still decide how much control your college bound child has in finances and classes and communicating with you. Listen to this week's edition of Relationships for more suggestions or listen in as Dr. Rebecca Jankovich airs Thursday mornings on 88.7 FM, KUNR. She can also be reached at 775-322-1839.