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24 Sep 2018
It's finally here. You've been psyching yourself up for this moment since the university acceptance email arrived. In fact, you've been preparing yourself for this day from the second your tiny bundle of joy was placed in your arms.
Watching your child head off on an adventure without you is bound to give you mixed emotions. Here are five things you'll experience when your child goes to university.
Yes, there were tears (from all of you) at exam time, but you never doubted their ability to get the grades they needed. It's just a bonus that they go into a better uni than Susan from Accounting's daughter.
2. Weeks of underlying tension
You: Have you opened a new bank account?
Them: *exaggerated sigh* Yes!
You: Did you register with a doctor?
Them: *eye roll* Obviously!
You: Don't forget to buy a...
Them: I know!
*Phone call during Freshers' week*
Them: How do I open a bank account?
3. Understanding your new relationship
How long should you wait before you visit? Should you comment on their Facebook posts? Can you make up some kind of emergency as an excuse to text? Maybe you should wait for them to get in touch? It's totally new territory for you and it's so confusing!
4. Empty nest syndrome
Now they're gone, the house feels so empty. You don't quite know what to do with your time and find yourself longing for a wet towel to pick up, or an argument over what to watch on TV. You overcompensate by lavishing love and time on your partner/other kids - something they don't appreciate as much as you think they should!
With one less person to look after, you also have a newfound freedom. Cinema night with the girls? Footie match with the lads? Spontaneous evening out with your other half? You could get used to this.
And yet, all of this fades away the first time your child chooses to come home for a visit. Yes, they bring with them several weeks of washing, and they seem to have a new confidence, but they're still your baby and you'll always be happy to see them.
They might be independent but that doesn't mean you'll stop worrying about them. Make sure their travel is sorted - whether they need to get to class or get home from the pub - with a StagecoachSmart student card.
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