As a parent of a SENIOR, I am trying to have Noah do more for himself.  It is hard for me to watch him stress over minor situations and not help him find a solution.  I am the Italian-Jew mom who hovers and helps no matter if he wants it or not.

He is almost 18!  So, I am trying to step back and wait for him to ask for help.  This transition for both of us is not easy.  I know he will benefit in the long run.



  1. This is exactly how I feel with Mason starting his freshman year. I’m trying so hard to not micro manage. He picked out his own clothes this morning and I’m like “no….that shirt doesn’t go with……” —then I stopped myself and said “ok if that’s what you want to wear that’s fine with me”.

    One step at a time. Right?? 🙂

  2. You’re doing it right! And that doesn’t mean it won’t be difficult. But through these loving acts our kids grow and we grow. Three weeks ago my son moved away to college. After micro-managing his life for the past 18+ years, I’m going through some serious separation anxiety. My son is doing fine, I’m happy to say. Just a bit ironic, wouldn’t you say? Keep up your good work, mom!

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