Encouraging Advice to Moms of Recent Graduates

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It's graduation time! From preschool through college, students are graduating and beginning the next phase of their lives, making their way through all of the advice being sent their way. Of course, the parents of those students are also starting new phases as well, feeling a bit forlorn that they don't have the same amount of advice coming their way. Author Karen White shared a lovely post at It's Only a Novel about this very thing, offering a sage piece of advice -- with a writerly twist -- to parents sending kids out of the nest.

Really, her advice is quite appropriate for any life change:

Erin's graduation: mom and dadAt a post-graduation party, I was talking with the high school placement counselor and she asked me how I was feeling now that my last child was perched and ready to fly from the nest. I told her that I was a bit sad, but excited, too—for all of us. I explained it felt like we were moving to a new house that was just as nice as the last one, but totally and completely new.

The previous day, I had just finished the first chapter of my brand new novel that will be published in the summer of 2014. To further explain my feelings, I said, “Facing this fall with no kids at home is like starting a new book. It’s a little scary, a little thrilling, completely new, but wonderfully and wholly overwhelming at its endless well of opportunity. A blank page can be a glorious thing.”

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Read more from Beginning a New Chapter with Karen White at It's Only a Novel

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