Fledglings (children) flying of the nest(home): Bag of mixed emotionsWe all long to have our own children, while they are growing up, we are busy working and time flies away. Suddenly the day comes when kids have to leave home for their post-graduation, go abroad or get married.
The family is engulfed in a sea of emotions, happy that their loved ones are progressing in life, sad that they have to part. Each one copes differently, mothers are quietly in tears, fathers are often stoic, siblings are guardedly happy as they don't want to or a little young to show their emotions.
How do we as parents prepare us for the 'empty nest syndrome', this is happening a good few years earlier than in the earlier generation.