Keeping the lines of communication open

Julie had a bad case of empty nest syndrome. Her son had left four years earlier, they had since moved to a new town, and she was unemployed. After she dropped her daughter Karen off at college, the first moth was really difficult.

“When my parents dropped me off at college, my mom was crying uncontrollably.”

It wasn’t that Julie was worried about Karen and her capabilities to live on her own… She was sad because she was going to be gone.

Check out Julie and Karen’s tips for staying in touch.

1. Write down your feelings.

All relations have ebbs and flows. That’s why writing an email or even in a mother-daughter journal really helps keep the lines of communication open. The advantage of email is that it provides time to think, so that we don’t say something rash that we might end up regretting.

2. Start a tradition.

Julie and Karen run races and travel together, try and find things in common that you can make into an annual event.

3. Keep in touch.

Karen and Julie say they try to make each other a part of their everyday lives. They exchange emails every single morning, and even if it’s mundane stuff, they still let each other know what is in store for their day.

Karen’s parents stayed involved in her life during college, coming to all of her home basketball games and a lot of her away games.

According to the Ageless Project, Millie Garfield is one of the internet’s oldest bloggers. Enjoy as she and her daughter compile life memories, review books and even foray into the world of YouTube.

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