My Daughter Started High School and I Wasn’t Ready

My daughter started high school three weeks ago, and I was flooded with emotions that came unexpectedly out of nowhere. This is coming from a highly emotional person. That’s to say, I know my feelings, I feel my feelings, and I’m aware of the highs and lows that I am capable of. And yet, this new phase of my older child’s path took me completely by surprise.

To be clear, I knew high school will be an adjustment — new building, new friends, new teachers, new schedule, and so on. What I did not expect was the breadth of all this “newness.” New…