Letting Your Child “Fly”

Is your child ready to “fly?”  Author and Mother, Amy Kite, addresses her feelings about her 18 year old as he began his freshman year at college. Many of you have a child that recently began their college journey.

How can a parent truly know that their child is ready to “fly?”  Are there some special signs?  Is there a checklist of some sort?  Certainly, there are those that are more ready than others. What to do when you feel your child is simply not ready?  These are tough issues and they challenge virtually all parents as they prepare for their child to “leave the nest.”

There are simply no easy answers.  What we can say with some degree of certainty, however, is that there are many children not at all ready to “fly.”  All too often, these are the students who wanted to be ready and whose parents wished them to be ready, but they were not.  They are smart kids.  They received good grades in high school.  They were, regrettably, not ready to fly solo.

Amy’s admonition to her son was definitely on target.  “Make smart choices,” she told him.  How we wish that our teens were adequately prepared for life’s many tough choices. It would make everything so much easier.