Like so many parenting milestones, you can listen to all the stories, read all the books, posts and articles you get your hands on and make as many plans as you can. But nothing truly prepares you until you experience it for yourself.
Pamela Brill’s first kid headed off to college, and she is still questioning her parenting skills.
Since then, she has taken stock of what has happened — the good and the bad — and is ready to admit that it wasn’t quite what she expected.
Here’s her take on freshman year, and the lessons we learned that will come in handy for those just starting their journeys.