Dealing With Empty-Nest Syndrome - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

7/28/04-Tyler

Dealing With Empty-Nest Syndrome

Back to school means the first year of college for many young people. For some, it's their first time away from home and for parents, letting go can be a difficult adjustment.
Empty-Nest Syndrome is common to moms and dads who are sending their sons and daughters out into the real world.
Laura Newsome will soon hug her son Justin goodbye when he arrives at Lousiana Tech in a few weeks. The former John Tyler Lion is her youngest child and the last at home.
"It definitely worries me, him going out, the small little things," Laura said.
When school begins many parents will be in Laura's shoes.
Althea Roeland is a counselor at ETMC's Behavioral Health Center. She's helped parents dealing with Empty-Nest Syndrome.
"There's a lot of things that you can do, re-evaluating your role basically," said Althea.
Health officials say parents should find ways to fill the void before their child leaves. "College classes, dance classes, cooking classes, clubs," said Althea, "there are so many wonderful avenues now for staying busy."
Officials also say parents should try to instill the final lessons to ease their own anxiety. "Teach them the very last things you possibly can," said Althea. "Cooking, cleaning some of those things that they're going to need those skills."
Most importantly,officials say parents should love their children enough to let them make their own mistakes. "They're going to fall on their face every now and then. It's okay," said Althea. "You'll be there. Your role has changed now. You are more of a nurturing supporter now as opposed to someone who tells them what to do."
Laura Newsome says she has some concerns for her son, but recognizes both their lives are changing.
"My role now as a mother changes for them," Laura said. "I've been the nurturing, always fix it. That's not my role anymore. I know that the final end, the final drive away, when we leave him at college is going to be difficult." 
Counselors say if your symptoms last longer than 6 months you may have an adjustment disorder and depression, anxiety and fear can often set in. They suggest you seek professional help to work through the loss.

Story by Maya Golden, mgolden@kltv.com

  • NewsMore>>

  • Red Zone Rundown: Joe Drennon takes over Hallsville, Bobcats buy in to win.

    Red Zone Rundown: Joe Drennon takes over Hallsville, Bobcats buy in to win.

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 11:37 PM EDT2017-08-23 03:37:34 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    "I really loved wearing the orange when I wore it, but I'm awful glad to wearing purple and gold right now. Kids did a great job of being here all summer long. That in itself tells me they want to be successful," said Joe Drennon, Bobcats head football coach. It journey won't be easy. The Hallsville Bobcats are coming off a rough 2016 season where they only came out victorious twice.  "We can't control what's gone on it the past. What we got to do ...More >>
    "I really loved wearing the orange when I wore it, but I'm awful glad to wearing purple and gold right now. Kids did a great job of being here all summer long. That in itself tells me they want to be successful," said Joe Drennon, Bobcats head football coach. It journey won't be easy. The Hallsville Bobcats are coming off a rough 2016 season where they only came out victorious twice.  "We can't control what's gone on it the past. What we got to do ...More >>
  • 1 dead, 1 in custody following dispute over animals in Marion County

    1 dead, 1 in custody following dispute over animals in Marion County

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 11:33 PM EDT2017-08-23 03:33:25 GMT
    Amy Allen, left, and Amber LongAmy Allen, left, and Amber Long

    Officials say a dispute over animals between two former business partners preceded a homicide in Marion County.

    More >>

    Officials say a dispute over animals between two former business partners preceded a homicide in Marion County.

    More >>
  • Aggies working to be better toward the end of the season

    Aggies working to be better toward the end of the season

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 10:35 PM EDT2017-08-23 02:35:42 GMT
    Sumlin is trying to make sure A&M finishes strong in 2017.Sumlin is trying to make sure A&M finishes strong in 2017.

    On Monday the Associated Press released its top 25 preseason poll for college football. And for the third straight year, Texas A&M didn't make the cut. Starting fast though and moving their way up the polls in recent seasons hasn't been the problem. In fact, the Aggies, who have over a dozen East Texans on the roster, were number four in the initial playoff rankings last year.

    More >>

    On Monday the Associated Press released its top 25 preseason poll for college football. And for the third straight year, Texas A&M didn't make the cut. Starting fast though and moving their way up the polls in recent seasons hasn't been the problem. In fact, the Aggies, who have over a dozen East Texans on the roster, were number four in the initial playoff rankings last year.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly