@SunPa - I empathize with you. My DD has classmates from all over the world and I often wondered how those moms are coping by sending the children so far. Trust me, the kids are doing great. They are well adjusted, enjoy with their peers and are living the college life just like the rest of the kids on campus. My DD is only a car ride away and I still worry. I can only imagine your angst. Your DD has the skills to navigate her world safely. Rest assured, she will do well. You’ve prepared her well. They have to fly the nest sometime. We will still be moms and continue to worry about the things we may have forgotten to share with them but trust me, they have it. Just the other day, I was asking DD about not drinking anything anyone offers her and she was telling me that she’s been following that since HS! It’s like suddenly this worry hits about not having told her something and to then realize that they do have the skills to keep themselves relatively safe, have a good life and be responsible for themselves. The other day, I was worrying about DS and his brand new school and how he would cope without anyone he knows. I drove myself sick with worry and then come third day of school, he comes walking out all by himself to carpool when his name was called. Even with all his challenges, letting him go to the big school was the better decision. Kids of all ages need to be given opportunities to be their best independent self and sometimes that means moms staying home and letting them explore their world. Letting go is so hard for us but it’s essential for them. Especially girls need to learn to be by themselves and take care of themselves. I find grown women still lack the strength to make their own decisions. Although getting input from others is a good thing, being responsible for oneself and one’s decisions is a very important milestone for young women. The open channel of communication you have with your DD is a great thing. She’s bound to keep you in the loop for everything that you need to be aware of. Letting go becomes easier when they have the connection to come back home when they need to rest their wings a little. Don’t worry at all. She will do great!