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What every parent should say to their children before they leave the nest

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There's a certain comradery shared between parents who have managed to accomplish the task of raising their child well enough to see the day they have to say goodbye and send them off into the world. That day may come when sending them off to the military, college, or just out into the world of work to use the tools taught to them by the parents who loved them so dearly.

When that day comes it's always bittersweet and it can be difficult to find the right words to say that will encompass all the advice you want to give them in the moment. So from one parent to another this may help you express what you may feel in your heart.

"Great fighters are not determined by how many punches they can throw but by how many punches they can take" according to Lionel Richie quoting his father. Showing up will always be half the battle in anything you do and being young and naive is like lightning in a bottle. Before the world has an opportunity to jade your spirit go out and take on the mission of conquering the world. Not knowing all the things that can go wrong is an asset to a free and open spirit. It's the only thing that can keep you from being derailed on your journey.

Everyone has an inner voice. Listen to it. Stay ambitious, stay humble, and stay hungry. Don't ever let someone tell you you can't. When you learn better you do better. Never forget where you come from. Have some integrity. Learn independence. Those who succeed give back and when all is said and done 'love is all you need', it may not be exactly what you want, but it is all you need. Trust me.

Befriend those who are old and aging. They've been where you want to go and can help you avoid some pitfalls along the way. "Be the first one in and the last one out, pick your battles, and fight the big fight" according to Barbara Walters in Oprah's Masterclass. Never look at the older generation as if they never had dreams. Look at them as individuals with dreams deferred overtaken by life as it happened. Be grateful for the people who love you enough to correct you. Respect them. There will come a day when they will no longer be here. Live life, love life, and learn from life.

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