Your child is flying the nest to venture out to build a life for themselves. Fortunately not something I have to worry about for a good number of years yet. This can be an exciting, scary and emotional time for the both of you. It’s difficult as a parent to finally give your child that full amount of independence. It’s likely that your maternal instincts will kick in the week before they are set to leave, and you’ll be tempted to offer them to stay so you can protect them, take care of them, and make them all of their meals.