My facebook page looks like an evacuation drill. There is picture after picture of college kids moving into their dorms, cars packed full of room decorations, and happy smiles all around. It could be because the people taking the pictures are not in them! I feel pretty certain that if the college goers turned the lens on their parents, the photos would be slightly less upbeat. Sending your child off to the unknown brings with it a flood of emotions. Having sent two of my three kids off already (one is actually out of college completely!), I have firsthand knowledge of the tidal wave of thoughts and feelings it brings about. So what can I offer you in the way of advice or comfort that is not already out there in the thousands of articles on this subject? Maybe you are ready for this next chapter in your relationship with your child and cannot wait to have conversations about apartments they can rent, majors, SEX, and what kind of cleaning product removes the smell of rotten food. It could be that you dropped them off and on the way home you ordered a treadmill to put in their old room. Or possibly, you had to pull over to sob uncontrollably on the side of the road the minute you were off campus. There is no right way to feel. The idea is to keep checking in with yourself about your expectations. I think there are a few things you can do for yourself that will really help with this process and as the mom of a college kiddo, I welcome your suggestions, too.