on the first day of my son starting school I cried. I am told other mothers do this also. Noticed alot of the fathers did not have any of their hormones going off like the mothers. Now 16 years have gone by and I am feeling like its the first day of my sons schooling again. Its been set off by my baby being 16 and doing his year 12 this year. Last one leaving the nest too. My hormones are set in really good. I did not experience this with the girls though. How many other mothers have felt like this? Why am I experiencing this feeling again? How do I get past this era in my life?

Posted by Cynthea Jenke, 7th January 2015

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  • It is because the kids are getting older and you might feel a bit lost as the baby is no longer a baby . If you have been a stay at home mum for most of your life, it is a big change. It is now to slowly start thinking of yourself and see if you can do something outside the home . A friend of mine does casual typing for many years now and it kept her going without being stuck in a rut . I do volunteer work as well and it is a nice change outside the home and the rewards are of a different kind .


  • It is a really tough time, much harder then the first day of school. It’s all been said before, but time will ease the pain


  • This is just how you are …. experience and move on to the next stage.


  • Every stage brings up different feelings. :)


  • You are a loving, caring mum! We all act differently. I love my kids to death but all of them have waved us goodbye cheerfully at the school gate! No tears just see you later mum or dad. When my eldest started school I was in hospital with her new baby brother so hubby did the honours!


  • Thankyou everyone


  • I think it’s pretty normal to feel emotional at milestones (men just don’t show it in the same way). Let yourself feel it for a bit, and then find something you really enjoy – a hobby, a casual job, a sport – and let that take your focus for a bit.


  • My kids are still in primary school but at the end of every year I feel quite emotional about them leaving another grade behind.


  • you will have to adjust to your new stage in life. i don’t know how long it might take you. try to keep yourself busy and you can always visit them, call them etc. this must be a more intense feeling for you though because you don’t get them back after 6 hours of school! i think that you can cry if you need to because it is a big milestone to go through. have a party for your child and this might help you to deal with him leaving home- i mean like “congratultions for finishing schoo”l or “growing up” party or even a housewarming party.


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