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And until the next serious relationship appears on the horizon, college is the perfect time to get to know many new people and experience all it has to offer.
Marlene Kern Fischer is a wife, mother of three sons, food shopper extraordinaire, blogger and essay editor.
For anyone who has a child is in this situation, even under the best of circumstances, there will be some rough times ahead.
My middle son starting dating his high school girlfriend when they were seniors and I watched their relationship blossom over the course of the year.
Another friend, whose son also had a high school girlfriend when he went to college and experienced a heart-breaking split at the end of his junior year, made the excellent point that smart phones and technology do not necessarily make long-distance relationships easier or better.
Being able to text, Skype and Snapchat create an illusion of being close, yet the intimacy required to stay together may still be elusive.He opens the car door for her and gives her his jacket when it’s cold.He is a perfect gentleman and they wouldn’t have it any other way.With everything new and uncertain, there is comfort in maintaining a connection to the familiar.Additionally, without the pressure to date, there is more time to concentrate on studies and school activities.My oldest son matured in so many ways during his undergraduate years that I barely recognized the version of the young man who accepted his diploma as the same person who started college and I see significant changes in my middle son as well.