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I Am Depressed About My Kids Growing Up

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    I'm So Depressed About My Children Leaving Home... - My 19 year old son left about a week ago to join the Air Force, and my 23 year old daughter left two days ago to move to...
    rschaniel rschaniel 46-50, F 17 Responses Oct 18, 2011

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    Having A Terrible Time Dealing With My Babies Growing Up :( - Hi.. I'm new to this group.I have been so depressed about my kids growing up, that I had to talk to others that are...
    tdawn14 tdawn14 36-40 3 Responses Sep 4, 2012

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    Overwhelming Sadness About Children Growing Up... - I am glad that I found this site. I am 41 years old, with daughters aged 14, 16 & 19.  I feel so sad that they are growing up...
    mariaelenak mariaelenak 41-45 18 Responses Mar 10, 2011

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    Depressed That My Daughter Is Leaving For About 2 Weeks - My 18 year old daughter is engaged to a wonderful young man in the Army. He is coming home from Iraq, and she, along with...
    djarus djarus 56-60 8 Responses Feb 3, 2011

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    Their Childhood Is In The Past, And It's Breaking My Heart - I'm 57 years old with 2 daughters, ages 21 and 16. My older daughter has left home and is living with her boyfriend...
    babymine2girlswgamom babymine2girlswgamom 56-60, F 1 Response Aug 26, 2012

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    Sad About Kids Growing Up. - My kids, aged 19 to 11, all still live at home but are getting less and less dependant, which is good I know, and spending a lot more time away with...
    mumsie123 mumsie123 46-50, F 5 Responses Apr 28, 2012

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    Sudden Sense Of Mourning - Today we celebrated my middle child's 10th birthday. I've worked hard to make it a special weekend. Her older sister is 11, her younger brother 6. At...
    4812wm 4812wm 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 20, 2013

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    Daughter Getting Married And Moving Out - My daughter has finished college, has a good job and is engaged to marry a wonderful guy. She has been living at home for the last 6...
    shmarie shmarie 51-55, F 1 Response Jul 1, 2013

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    I Have Messed Up! - First thing I did was let my husband get to my phone. Secondly, I helped out a friend with expenses because he deserves a break, and I love him with all my...
    runnerinatl runnerinatl 51-55, F 7 Responses May 6, 2012

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    Depressed Over Memories Of My Children - Hi, I woke early this morning in tears flooded with memories just constantly flipping over in my head and it is always of my children when...
    bowwater bowwater 31-35, F 4 Responses Feb 22, 2011

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    Miss My Sons - Hi  I am 47 female living in Australia.Earlier this year my youngest son moved out and since then I feel life is empty .Between crying spells and being told to grow...
    alison63 alison63 41-45, F 5 Responses Jul 26, 2011

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    Changes In Life. - I can write these stories on this sight. They too, are my own words. My kids are my absolute life. I never-ever want my home to be a empty nester. I understand...
    joiebobby joiebobby 36-40 1 Response Oct 28, 2011

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    Longing For My Son - I have a son who is an only child. He's 14 and i have all of a sudden become extremely depressed.  I just look at him and it makes me sad. I'm trying to talk...
    bnt18 bnt18 36-40 3 Responses Oct 13, 2011

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    I Miss My Son - I really miss my son. He's 21. He moved out about 6 months ago. I get so depressed when I think about him. He only lives 30 minutes away but he's independent...
    starfield starfield 46-50, F 5 Responses Apr 10, 2012

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    My Children Were My Joy In Life. Now They're Grown And Gone. I'm Lost. - I'm grateful to find this forum to connect with other mothers or fathers going through these same feelings...
    gingerale1355 gingerale1355 56-60, F 3 Responses Nov 1, 2013

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    4 Teenagers - This year my oldest is a senior in high school ,then follows his 2 brothers right behind him and my daughter is a 7th grader. I have gone from being needed to not...
    fourkidz fourkidz 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 18, 2013

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    Feel Depressed About My Kids Growing Up - When my children were just 4 and a half years old my marriage with their mum broke down. I knew that we didn't truly love each other so...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 5, 2013

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    Little Man - I look at his little face now and cant imagine him as a man. I wonder whether he'll be tall or short and thin or chunky. I wonder what his voice will sounds like and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 2, 2011

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    I Am Depressed Over My Kids Growing Up. - I am depressed over my kids growing up. My son starts college at UNC in 4 weeks and I can not stop crying. I cry when I think about it. My...
    girlygirl036 girlygirl036 41-45, F 68 Responses Jul 21, 2011

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    Teen Yearning For Freedom - My daughter will be 18 in a few months. She is struggling to get through her senior year and graduate. I ache to see her struggle so much but this is...
    ilove2tri ilove2tri 51-55, F 2 Responses Mar 17, 2013

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    Is This Real Depression? - Hi, I have looked online and cannot find anything about this topic. I too am depressed and my BABY just turned 1. I put baby in caps because I cherish...
    Fisherprice Fisherprice 31-35, F 36 Responses Feb 25, 2010

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    Granddaughter - I have been very close to my granddaughter. She is now 13 and is growing up and away from me. I still see her but not like when she was younger. I feel so sad...
    Kathy354 Kathy354 56-60 1 Response Aug 10, 2013

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    What Is Left In Life? - Halloween was just last week. It is a hard time for me. When my children were smaller I so looked forward to Halloween, I loved the excitement in my...
    myowncreation74 myowncreation74 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 5, 2013

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    I'm going through this too. I'm a single mom, 34, and have an almost 14 yr. old daughter, and an 11 yr. old son. There's been a lot of talk and preparation for my daughter to start...
    cmn1979 cmn1979 31-35, F Feb 3

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    Must Fight This Overwhelming Sense Of Sadness - About Three years ago my then youngest started secondary school (she was 11 years old & i already had my eldest there) Well i dont...
    HB41 HB41 41-45 11 Responses Oct 6, 2010

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    My 14 Year Old Daughter Is Growing Up And I've Been Crying Hysterically Since Firday. - Hi there...my name is Debbie, I'm 47 and have only one child. Her name is Kristen and she...
    upallnitetoo upallnitetoo 46-50, F 27 Responses Feb 14, 2011

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    I Can Totally Relate. - I am a father to a 17 year old son, and 14 and 13 year old girls. I love them with all my heart, and can say that I put my absolute all into being with...
    lashumbah lashumbah 36-40 3 Responses Apr 30, 2010

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    Is it selfish to not want my son to start school? My son is 3 and will start 4k next year. The thought of it depresses me. I've been a stay at home mom ever since I've had him and...
    kabaomoua kabaomoua 26-30, F Mar 27

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    I am a stay at home mum with 2 children, a daughter who's 10 years old and a son who's 8 years old. I have always believed I would have a third child but after I miscarried our 3rd...
    turtle2512 turtle2512 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 31

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    I Didn't Expect This... - Like so many here I poured everything into being a Mom. Sometimes I felt selfish, or guilty because I wasn't the 100% uber Mom..but I was always Mom first...
    jehekasmom jehekasmom 51-55, F 8 Responses Jun 4, 2012

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    Toddlers Growing Up And Depression - I am a loving father of twin boys aged 4 1/2 and I should be happy and excited to see they are great children,adjusting well to pre-K, and full...
    cloren7030 cloren7030 41-45 2 Responses Nov 14, 2011

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    Have Only Child, Sad About Her Growing Up... - Have a daughter, who is 7. I am all of a sudden extremely depressed that she is growing up. I feel she may start developing early...
    7only1 7only1 36-40 6 Responses Oct 12, 2010

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    Aching For My Children's Younger Years - I am a 49 year old wife and mother. I have a part time job I love. I have friends. I am involved in my church. I have great kids who love...
    nostalgicmom22 nostalgicmom22 46-50 3 Responses Mar 3, 2012

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    My Baby Girl Just Turned 3 And I Am So Sad About It - Ever since I have brought this little girl in this world I have been dealing with the depression. After I had her I cried for...
    4kids4me 4kids4me 31-35, F 4 Responses Feb 9, 2010

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    I have been a single mom forever. This year I got my own apartment, after my daughter got hers, and my son moved in with his girlfriend(soon to be fiance, whom I love) father to...
    boodlesmom boodlesmom 46-50, F Feb 15

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    He Leaves In 12 Days - Our oldest son leaves for college soon. I guess the best descriptive word I arrive at is bitter-sweet. See, 20 years ago, we decided to start a family. After...
    Pammieinarwas Pammieinarwas 46-50, F Aug 5, 2012

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    My Sadness And Anxiety About My Children Growing Up - I am a mother of two sweet precious little boys, one 9, one 4. I sometimes get so depressed I can't function for handle them...
    dickie23 dickie23 36-40, F 2 Responses Jul 7, 2013

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    Where Does Time Go? - I am a father of 3 children. 12 yo girl, 9 yo boy and 1 yo girl. The first 2 we had fertility treatments to have, but we decided after the 2 we wouldn't do...
    ct1976 ct1976 36-40, M 1 Response Oct 8, 2013

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    I just googled how I was feeling and found this site. How I miss the little ones, my sweet boy . . . now there are 2 teenagers. Good teenagers but still a challenge. Both run...
    momto2m momto2m 46-50, F Feb 20

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    Should I Seek Help? - I'm only 30, my oldest son is 11 and I have three others ages 7, 5 and 3. All boys. Almost every night I lay awake wishing time would just stop. I don't want...
    Mgrdrgz02 Mgrdrgz02 26-30, F 5 Responses Aug 2, 2013

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    It really hit me hard this year on Christmas Day. My youngest (son) is 11, and it is his first year of not believing in Santa Claus, so we don't have that anymore. My other two...
    jeff1447 jeff1447 46-50, M 3 Responses Dec 31, 2013

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    Watching my mum playing candy crush, seeing her smile. I used to share all my problem with my mum. And she's always there for me. But I couldn't share with her about my urinary...
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    Had a fight with my husband. Every time when we have a fight, I'm depressed....
    hotwifeWA hotwifeWA 36-40, F 2 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    And it sucks cause I'm crying over people who honestly do not give a **** about me anymore. Best friends my *** :/
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