Teens off to uni … how Notting Hill parents are coping

imagesMany teenagers who have grown up in Notting Hill have set off to pastures new around the country, and some to different countries.  As offspring head off to university many Notting Hill parents and siblings left behind are feeling the pain. Tears have been shed,  some can now worry if their children are well and happy at university and many are pleased to have more time for themselves. One mother says she feels a sense of sadness at the ‘end of an era.’  One local father says he is worried that when his son comes home their relationship won’t be the same. “There’s no way around it – saying goodbye as we drop them off with their duvets is likely to be one of the most bittersweet moments in our lives,” says Karen Doherty, who has written about it at  www.karendoherty.com

BTW if your loved one has flown the nest, a lovely present is Lutyens & Rubinstein: A Year in Books. You go into the shop, describe your son/daughter and their passions and they will send one carefully chosen and beautifully wrapped book every month for a year. Paperbacks are £35 for 3 months, £70 for 6 months or you can go wild and have the £260/year hardback option. www.lutyensrubinstein.co.uk      Mary-Lu

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