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Lisa Kudrow Opens Up About Sending Her Son Off To College

If you're a parent, you can relate to her experience.

Sending your children off to college is a huge transition for everyone involved. It’s no different for famous parents and their kids. Actress Lisa Kudrow and her husband Michel Stern, a French advertising executive, have a 19-year-old son named Julian who started college recently.

When Kudrow went on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last week, she shared a bit about how that transition is going … and she was brutally honest.

“He’s doing great. I’m doing—well,” Kudrow, 54, told host Jimmy Kimmel with a tone in her voice that sounded anything but confident. “I think I’m handling it really well—and, you know, like a mature adult—happy that our son is away,” then she took a long pause and a breath before finishing, “… and independent. It’s hard!”

Obviously, seeing her son grow into an adult has been easier said than done—and it wasn’t even very easy for her to say! Her experience is all too familiar for parents. She also said, “I think we made it worse … He went to college and then we moved.”

The former “Friends” star went on to share how she prepared Julian for college and living away from home: “I think I did a good job injecting him with the right amount of fear,” Kudrow said. “He’s independent and good.” It sounds like those scare tactics worked at least!

Even though her son is away from home, Kudrow remains a very involved mom. For example, after she found out her son’s friends welcomed him back from winter break by decorating his previously barren room, she asked: “So was that a nice thing or were they making fun of you?! What did they put up?”

In this case, Kudrow told Kimmel she didn’t have any bullying to worry about because the decorations were friendly.

She also shared some solid advice from her own high school experience about finding your own identity. Kudrow said she considered trying out for the cheerleading team, but changed her mind after attending a few practices. “That would be a great thing to do to be popular … Then I realized I didn’t want to be in that club and … I didn’t want to just achieve riding in a bus with football players. That wasn’t my big goal,” she told Kimmel.

Eventually, she went on to New York’s prestigious Vassar College, where she studied biology.

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Obviously, Kudrow is an intense mom and a really sweet one. Last year, the New York Daily News reported that her reason for only having one child was that it was “a gift to her son.” He’s a lucky guy!