I’m delighted I found Grown & Flown, a website and blog about parenting older kids (ages 15 to 25).
Grown & Flown recently published my essay “Why I Stopped Worrying If My College Daughter Was Lonely”
Tina is a thousand times more self-loving and grounded than I was at her age. This is probably why I keep asking if she’s lonely; I’m projecting my 18-year-old unsettled feelings on to her. At 18 I was still emotionally damaged from childhood, anxious and terrified of every new situation. I didn’t enter college as my own best friend and I was always trying to fit into some group or some version of myself.
If you’re interested, you can find the full essay here.