SIOUX FALLS, SD
Change can be difficult to deal with. But not adapting correctly can cause anxiety and depression, along with other problems. Dealing with change was one of the issues women identified in our What Women Want roundtable discussion.
Lisa Albers enjoys looking through graduation cards with her daughter Mikena. While Lisa says a lot of people have written sweet notes to her oldest child who graduates today, the moment is a little *bittersweet.
"I've cried in the middle of Hy-Vee and Sam's Club and whatever-just people mentioning it," Albers said.
Albers says as her daughter prepares to graduate from Sioux Falls Christian, she's excited for her but also realizes her daughter will no longer be living at home.
"As a mom you think of the things: what if she gets sick? Who's going to take care of her?" Albers said.
If you're struggling with your child leaving the house, Healthy Lifestyle Coach Shelly Hoefs says you should look at the positive; that your child is becoming more independent.
"We do raise our kids to be independent and go on and be themselves and be adults," Hoefs said.
Hoefs says you should also remember that just because they're going to college doesn't mean they'll never return home.
"Reminding ourselves that we're still their parents, and they're still going to come to us when they have those needs and being ready and open to enjoying those moments," Hoefs said.
Albers still plans to enjoy many moments with Mikena. She's attending South Dakota State University in the fall and will be less than an hour from home. Albers says she's also focusing on the fact that her second daughter, who's a junior in high school, will still be at home one more year.
"Just having that time alone with her because we've never had that," Albers said.
Albers also plans to still offer her advice to her daughter. But as one card says, there can be many emotions during graduation time.
"I know the closer it gets to actually taking her to college, that's probably when it will actually hit both my husband and I that she's truly following through with this and she is not going to be here," Albers said.
It's a reason why change isn't always a Hallmark moment.
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