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my baby bird just left the nest
March 25, 2006
7:36 pm
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dreamer123
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My 19 year old daughter just moved out today and my heart is broken into a million pieces. I know it is for the best because she has to grow up, but I had her when I was 17 and we grew up together too. She will be fine, I know because I was fine when I moved out so young. I just worry. I always thought people were crazy to get so upset when there children grew up and went to college, etc. Now I know exactly how bad it hurts. When does the hurt go away? I worry about her. She is a smart girl but she trusts everyone until they give her a reason not to.

March 25, 2006
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dreamer...I don't know when the hurt stops. My children are 16 and 12, and I am dreading the day that they move out. I know you want to protect her, and spend time with her. But you have to let her go and live her life. It will be hard...maybe you will need to find things to do so you won't miss her so much. You know the saying, "If you love something, set it free..."

March 25, 2006
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dreamer:
it is natural to worry for her, you will always worry, but you have to give her a point here. she needs to start being independant, this will help her learn to be more judicious and make her own decissions, make her strong or character and be confident of her own potential. besides, as i can sense here, you have been a great mom, and for this, she has to have good values. she will do ok and so do you, so be happy for her and stop being sad.

now think of your life, how you can develop your own potential not only as a mom, but as a person, professional, or partner.

my best to you,

cali

March 26, 2006
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dreamer,

It is normal and natural to grieve when your baby bird leaves the nest. However, it is worse when there is a "Failure to Launch." I would love my adult children to go away to study and be on their own. It is too hard for them to learn to be responsible, mature, independent and self-sustaining while living at home.

best wishes,

~~bonita

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