LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Congratulations, grads! The graduation season is here, but this means parents might be feeling a little anxious about sending their child away.
In fact, research shows 50 to 70 percent of parents feel at least a little worried about sending their child to college. Did you recently catch yourself wanting to clone your child? That's okay, one University of Louisville doctor says it's completely normal to feel that way.
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Dr. Allan Josephson with UofL Physicians says you can understand it a little more if you think of it this way. Raising a child is a full-time job.
"If you think of yourself actively working on a job for 17, 18, 19 years and then you're kind of out of that job, it's a major transition," Josephson said. "There's a sense of loss and often sadness."
However, he says changing your perspective may help with letting go.
"We don't own they're kind of on loan to us as parents," Josephson explained. "It's a very helpful idea so our job is to help a young person become a healthy adult and contribute to society and the life cycle goes on."
If you catch yourself not knowing what to do with all the extra time, finding a furry companion is a healthy alternative, according to Dr. Josephson.
"If you're an animal kind of person, sure. Because it fulfills some type of relationship. There is more literature on that," Josephson said. "This may be the next best thing—it may not be a human relationship but something you can interact with."
During this season, he says the most important thing is to not forget that graduation is a celebration, not a goodbye ceremony.