About a month ago, we sent one kid halfway around the world to a place weve never been, to live with people wed never met in the interest of giving him a little culture and us a little break from having to wade through the mess in his room to collect our dinnerware.
Even before Jack became an exchange student, we were fairly involved in this program, which meant regularly telling other parents to suck up and deal with the fact their kid was out from under their wing well before we knew what it was like to send our own kid packing. Ill admit to being less than sympathetic than we could have been. Not that naivet has ever stopped me from lecturing.
One thing I didnt anticipate was how much sending Jack away was going to dial up latent tiger mom tendencies I never realized I have.