This month’s Ask Coach Kathy question is about a spouse who is very emotional and how to can handle it.
My wife cries a lot, whether happy or sad. We are going to be dropping off our first-born daughter at college next week. I’m bracing myself for a waterfall, the likes of which I haven’t seen.
Is there anything I can do to head this off?
Oh, my. I highly recommend you support your wife in whatever feelings she has at the time of launching your daughter into a college campus. It sounds like your wife is an emotional person, in general. This transition can bring out the tears in the most stoic of people, so be easy on her. My biggest piece of advice is to validate her tears, even if she cries the entire way home. Let her know it’s okay to cry and miss your daughter. It’s understandable and healthy to do so. Stock up on tissues and don’t be surprised if the dam breaks for you, as well.