Ten things you shouldn’t do when your kid leaves for university

Adjusting to your off-spring fleeing the nest and moving into university halls of residence is tough. Any parent that tells you that they have NEVER thought of doing ANY of the following is either lying or hiding the fact that they have actually done several!



Ten things you shouldn’t do when your kid leaves for University

1.       Extensive research on social media in order to detect serial-killer or sex-fiend tendencies amongst their new flat mates. I know that this sort of character trait is rarely openly revealed on Facebook but Mums have a 6th sense for this sort of thing and can tell a lot from a profile pic and a bio.

2.       Scour news reports for any sort of attack/fire/accident that could possibly involve your child. Message them to check that they are okay when you find a report of a three car pile-up on the outskirts of Edinburgh even though they are studying in Exeter and do not have a car.

3.       Send hourly messages/texts and panic when there is no reply after 30 seconds.

4.       Compile a playlist of songs that you listened to when you were pregnant and sit in their bedroom to listen to it.

5.       Repeatedly ask their younger siblings if you can log into their snap chat. You don’t know how to use it but suspect that this is where all the information that you want is hiding.


CCTV cameras

6.       Knock on the bedroom doors of all their flatmates asking for their mobile numbers and social media accounts for further research purposes.

7.       Install CCTV in your child’s room with a live feed relayed to your mobile.

8.       Invest in a tracking device which you hide in their mobile phone before they leave.

9.       Make up a nasty illness so that they feel obliged to come back home to be with you.

10.   Rent a room in halls yourself by faking qualifications and lying about your age. This requires considerable financial outlay as, in most cases, plastic surgery will be required.

These thoughts will pass! They’ll soon be back with a bag of dirty washing kicking up a fuss because you’ve rented out their bedroom!




Diary of an imperfect mum


A Cornish Mum
My Petit Canard
My Random Musings

  35 comments for “Ten things you shouldn’t do when your kid leaves for university

  1. September 22, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Thank goodness I’ve never felt tempted to try any of these things … though now I’m wondering if I’m too laid back …
    Mary Mayfield recently posted…Sculpture at Chatsworth – Sotheby’s 2016 Beyond Limits exhibitionMy Profile

  2. September 22, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I’ve got quite a few years until mine leave for Uni but OMG, its a terrifying prospect! I only hope I can remain sane and not participate in too much stalking. #ablogginggoodtime

  3. September 22, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Love it! Although I’m shuddering at the thought of the kids going to uni. I can just imagine how tempted I would be to keep texting!
    Sarah MumofThree World recently posted…The new guinea pigMy Profile

  4. September 23, 2016 at 9:25 am

    ha ha.. xx My eldest will be leaving next year. As the time approaches I can see that she will be ready to fly the nest and we’ll be ready to let her stretch her wings. #ablogginggoodtime

  5. September 23, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Such a brilliant post and im pinning it for future reference. I loved no.9, that is aparticularly dastardly trick! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉
    An imperfect mum (Catie) recently posted…A Blogging Good Time #17My Profile

  6. September 24, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Oh now no:3 brings back memories. My mum used to contact me via Facebook and panicked if I didn’t respond quickly. #PicknMix

  7. September 25, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Wonderful – not there for a while but I certainly know that these things have been done by mums wishing to check on safety and welfare. Rewind back several years and many of these options were not available. When we were younger, my mum made good use of the telephone and directory to track us down if we hadn’t called to say we had arrived somewhere! Not so good that she didn’t observe the time difference in New Zealand where we were staying with friends. A little call in the middle of the night soon knocked us into shape!
    Nicky Kentisbeer recently posted…Time For Some Autumn FashionMy Profile

    • September 26, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Haha that’s brilliant. I can honestly say I have not done any of these…yet! Thanks for commenting XX

  8. September 26, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Very funny. Scary that I can imagine myself doing all those things (maybe not the plastic surgery as it would cost a fortune to turn back tide for me!!). It must so hard to let go, i still have the teenage years to come arrrrh.

  9. September 26, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Sounds like you have a rather severe case of Empty Nest Syndrome 😆
    Tracey Abrahams recently posted…When Is It Okay To Mention Christmas?My Profile

  10. September 26, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Haha, this will be me! I can’t imagine how I will feel, but I will probably start stalking them via the internet! #marvmondays
    Emma recently posted…The countdown to #BloggersBeatingCancerMy Profile

  11. September 27, 2016 at 11:10 am

    haha grreat post! I do wonder what kind of mum ill be like once the kids are older! #MarvMondays

  12. September 27, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Great read! I can only imagine how it must feel when they go away, I can just imagine what it’s going to be like when my little one goes away haha #Marvmondays

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  13. September 27, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Oh this made me laugh out loud – and cry a little too – almost where your emotions of funny and sad are too closely connected! Your last comment, though – just brilliant! Hope you’re ok? xx
    justsayingmum recently posted…The Teen Years Interview Series: Kate OrsonMy Profile

  14. September 28, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    This is brilliant! I laughed out loud at number 2 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

  15. September 29, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Ha this will definitely be me in the future if they go to university 😉 The times goes way too quickly for my liking from the second they are born. Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x
    A Cornish Mum recently posted…Liked and Loved Blog LinkyMy Profile

  16. September 29, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Sharon I am already guilty of no.3 when my eldest goes out in the evening, so it doesn’t bode well for me for next year when he does flee the nest. Jo x
    Jo (MotherofTeenagers) recently posted…The Wonders Of The Barre!My Profile

  17. September 30, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Haha – no 2 is the one I’ve started to do!! Thanks for commenting xx

  18. October 1, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    He, he! I can imagine a few of these things might be tempting in the first few weeks of the little ones (or not so little ones) leaving for uni. I’m dreading the day that it finally comes for us, I think it’ll be hard not to do some of these! Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays, great post. Emily

  19. October 12, 2016 at 8:16 am

    LOVE number 2 about scouring the news! Our daughter is 6 so this is a fair way off (but I know it’ll roll round too soon!) And number 2 (at least) will be me! #MarvMondays
    Carol Cameleon recently posted…Relish Autumn ~ #poemMy Profile

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge