It's a moment all parents dread/dream of when your child, who you raised and loved and protected, leaves the family home. That time you no longer see them every day, and they no longer see you the same way. And it doesn't matter what kind of parent you are/were, be it from modest surroundings or even a former president of the United States, there will be an adjustment period.
In a recent interview on NBC's Today show, former US President Barack Obama was asked for advice by long-time weatherman/part-time shrinking man Al Roker on coping when you suddenly become empty nesters. The Presidents advice was simple; Bribe them to hang out.
That's right; it doesn't matter that at one time you had the nuclear codes at your fingertips; there will be a time when your kid thinks you're uncool and would rather be doing something else than hearing about the time you instilled "hope to a nation" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe751kMBwms
or "slow jammed the news"
or even called Kanye West a jackass
Obama said he bribed his daughters with holidays to Hawaii, which I'm sure when they received the text "Hi girls, you're a mum and I are heading to Hawaii, would you like to join us?" it would have taken every fibre in their being not to reply "Yes we can". Just as it would be so easy for them to ask one parent for money, then ask the other parent for more money, saying "When they go low, you go high".
And then they would have all gone on the holiday, his girl's head down on their phones, complaining about the bad wifi, eye-rolling every time he starts a sentence about hanging out with Bono, slamming doors and saying "You were president 6 years ago dad, get over it!" In fact, why does he want them ruining his holiday in the first place? Obama, if you're reading (and I know you are a big fan of The Project), what are you doing man? Enjoy the break, talk to your secret service agents if you're up for a chat, trust me, your girls will come to you when they're ready/need something paid for, just have HOPE.