A Confused Dad’s Reflections On His Daughter Going To College

I do not know what happened. The default emotional state for most men is confusion and I am no different. My biggest issues with my daughter going to college is the paradoxical state of being that I am living in now. I am the old man father of a college student while also being the young father of a 7 and a 4 year old. I know that I am disconnected at one moment and overly connected, to the point of paranoia, at other moments.

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Reflections of a Mom 1 week before she leaves her daughter in college.

As I sit here planning our trip to Colorado, I have had a million crazy thoughts. The one that had me laughing yesterday was, ‘I really don’t want to go’. This musing was funny because I actually considered it. What if I just said no? What would my family do if the planner, mapper, reservation maker and all around get-everybody’s-shit-together director decided not to do her job? I recognized these thoughts as distractions and quickly got rid of them. I started allowing my emotions to come up instead. The same emotions that had been choking me and making me feel completely paralyzed. I know all parents experience these feelings. I know that my Mother is feeling them now since I moved 3000 miles away from her. However, none of that makes this any easier.

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10 Lessons To Learn Before Going To College (Part 1)

Our daughter will be in her new home on August 18th. She will be living three states away from us; a mere 17 hours. She will be sharing a room with a stranger, eating food prepared by strangers and generally surrounded by individuals that have no concept of who she is and everything she has gone through to be at this point of her life. She will not have Mommy and Daddy championing her every day and twice on some.

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Don’t Get Love Advice From Cosmo

Ladies! Yes, I am talking to you. I beseech you that you take time to teach your daughter’s to be healthy. We are so focused on making sure that our kids eat from all the food groups and take their vitamins and monitor their TV time and computer sites and make sure that we wash our clothes with fragrance free soap that is both biodegradable and tasty to fish and dress them in organic fabrics and feed them organic fruit that is twice washed in triple filtered water that we completely neglect the real necessary instructions of life.

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Empathy

As parents of a child with Asperger’s, we had to do things a little differently. We had no idea how different the experience was until we had our second and third child. When it came to feelings, our children, at a young age were as different as day and night. Happily, nowadays, you can’t tell much difference. Even though we have discussed this before, it definitely bears repeating.

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How to change like a child

This week is about change and how it affects us. All of this is for the brand new show we are debuting on Mingle Media TV on Thursday, April 21, at Noon ET. The show will be chronicling our big move back west and having one of our babies leave the nest. Change is a natural process of life. Change is good. Change is opportunity. However, change is uncomfortable and awkward and scary and oh my gosh I have to run to the bathroom!

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