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Spark Parents - when kids move far away........ help

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Been raising up two children for many years by myself and I am so proud of them both. My son just graduated from college last month and now may be heading to the West Coast for graduate school. In my heart I am so proud of his accomplishments and his ambition and very happy for him as well. On the other hand my heart is breaking a little and I am sad and torn in my feelings. I will miss him SO much and I am afraid of not seeing him regularly. emoticon Any advice from others who have been through this would be so appreciated. He has been away to a college that was 300 miles away for the past few years but I always saw him in summer and at all holidays.

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SISSIE21 1/26/2015 4:38AM

    I live in The Netherlands. Our son moved away over 10 years ago to San Francisco. I remember feeling lost. He has since had twin daughters, who are the love of my life. I keep in contact with emails, facetime, phone, texts, goody gifts of his favorite dutch products, magazines with pics of him and stories from friends, etc. anything to keep connected. I remember my piano teacher at the time, a woman 15 years older than me saying that I would get used to it and would learn to fill my life with other things. I remember thinking she didn't understand the depth of my love for my son. But she did. And she was right. Love crosses all distances and boundaries. Good luck and big hugs on the next part of your life long journey of love with your son. I understand. emoticon

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MIA-MORSEL 1/20/2014 10:12AM

    Skype video is the answer. It may not always be reliable but it's absolutely wonderful to see their faces right there in front of you. Quite often the sound on ours is so very poor that we just sit waving to each other........that's so nice in itself.

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SUZIB123 1/18/2014 8:36AM

    Just took the youngest back to Va. Tech. yesterday. It's called empty nest! I'm blessed to have a great DH and a part time job! I really enjoy going to the gym and trying different things-Spinning class, Yoga, Pilates...
Our oldest son is a Major in the Army. Last year he moved to Kanas. We talk on the phone, E-mail, and prayed emoticon much. At present he has given us 6 grandchildren! Life is Great.

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SUNSHINE5268 1/12/2014 11:39PM

    I have 3 kids, 2 of them are out of state and they come visit me when they can.... so fear not lil one..... your love for your baby and his love for you has no boundaries across the miles as your baby ventures forth into another chapter of his life.

remember: You are loved always and NO one can replace you emoticon

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MATSCHI 1/12/2014 9:32PM

    I have not gone through this yet since my daughter is only fourteen. However, I was the one who moved far away from my parents when I was young. I think with today's technology the possibilities of staying connected are almost endless. From calls, to texts, to emails and skyping you can stay involved in his life. And if he doesn't come home for a holiday, maybe you can visit him! emoticon

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