Life Beyond Home; Preparing for Departure Day

Life Beyond Home; Preparing for Departure Day
September 28, 2017 Sheila Harji

The day had finally come…The day we have been preparing ourselves for, ever since the offer letter came for her place at University.  It’s come around so quickly. So… the question is, how do I feel about it?  I’d say “Mixed emotions made up of excitement, nervousness and worry”.


Like any mother, I feel emotional about my daughter leaving home; she’s my first born and someone who I’ve taken care of for the past 19 years.  Therefore, it’s not going to be easy to let go, but I know it’s something I need to do because she needs to experience independence to grow in herself.


I’ve spent time showing her how to cook, how to budget and manage money.  We’ve discussed relationships and sex; she’s aware of how to stay healthy & safe and who to go to should she need to ask for help.  I think she is as ready and prepared as she will ever be and I feel that I did my best to help her for this next chapter in life’s journey.


My experience with my daughter leaving for University has made me realise that young people are not fully prepared until they live on their own and take on the sole responsibility to manage themselves.  There are thousands of parents feeling similar things at this time of year, every year. Some parents cope better than others, some feel a sense of independence, some feel a sense of freedom, some feel lost whereas some feel grief.



Knowing that your child is ready to leave home and capable of managing themselves to their best ability is the best feeling any parent can have.  Parents would be able to enjoy their new-found freedom whilst developing a healthy adult relationship with their offspring.


With the Life Skill modules offered to Educators, I feel happy in the knowledge that Big Life Project is contributing and helping prepare young people together with their families for the big send-off to University or towards an independent life.  With teachers under more pressure, having less time and resources to fulfil these needs, Big Life Project provide the necessary Life Skill resources to teach young people what it means to be independent.


Please visit us at to find out more about what we’re doing to help young people, parents, teachers and Education Establishments deliver and attain Life Skills.  You can also email us at info@biglifeprojectcompany@com – we’d love to hear from you!

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