Graduation, Fears and Anxieties, Not Just for The Graduate

Graduation letting go

Letting Our Children Take Flight

Graduation can be a very exciting time for a family, but it can also be a time that is filled with both fear and anxiety for not only the graduate but also the parents.  Whether it’s a high school graduation or a college education, both milestones bring about change.  It’s a right of passage when we go transition from childhood to adulthood. Community Advocate, Roseann Vanella, asks our Contributor,Dr. Dan Gottlieb how parents can help their children take flight and be ok with it.  Dr. Dan explains that parents do not have to be OK with it, instead they have to tolerate their fears and anxieties for the love of their children.

Loving doesn’t always mean “being Ok”, it also means fighting through our own insecurities for those we love.  Dr. Dan also explains the benefits of failing and how we must let our children fail in order to grow.  So many wonderful insights are shared in this interview that will not only help the one who is graduating but also their parents. would like to wish all of the 2015 Graduates, much success and joy in their future.

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About Dan Gottlieb

Dr. Dan Gottlieb has been practicing psychology since 1969.Since 1985, Daniel Gottlieb has been hosting “Voices in the Family,” an award-winning mental health call-in radio show aired on WHYY 90.9 FM, Philadelphia’s local public radio station. He has also previously published a total of four books. His most recent, “The Wisdom of Sam: Observations on Life from an Uncommon Child,”. In it, Dan tells of some of the remarkable insights shared by his grandson Sam who is on the autism spectrum. All of his royalties are donated to children’s charities. Dan is also a contributor to the Dana & Christopher Reeves Foundation.

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