The next two weekends will be bittersweet for many families. They will be taking their 17- and 18-year-olds off to college. For some it will be their oldest or only child, for others it will be an event they have been through before. It will be easy for none of them.
For the kids — who are really adults — there may be anxiety but there is also eager anticipation for what they see as newfound freedom. No one checking up on whether they’ve done homework, no one nagging them to get up to go to school, no one checking out their new friends, no one setting a curfew. And that’s just what parents are worried about.